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Zia Eradze was 33 weeks pregnant with twins when she went to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset for a routine stress test. She didn’t know how important that day would become: The stress test showed a complication — one of the twins was in distress.
Her OB/GYN, Dr. Marlan Schwartz, told Eradze that an emergency C-section was the best option to ensure her safety, as well as the safety of her son and daughter.
Many twins are born earlier than the normal 40 week gestation period, but Noah and Mia Eradze were born even before the average twin pregnancy window of 35 weeks. Their weight was also concerning, with Noah weighing in at just 2.14 pounds and Mia at 3.4 pounds. The average set of twins weigh an average of 5.5 each at birth, which put the Eradze twins in the clinically low birthweight category.
Premature babies with extremely low birth weight are at a high risk for serious complications. With such low body fat, they can have trouble maintaining a normal body temperature. They are also likely to have difficulty breathing because their lungs are underdeveloped and they are more susceptible to infection.
RWJUH Somerset Saves Premature Twins
As soon as they were born, Mia and Noah were placed in RWJUH Somerset’s Level II Intermediate Care Nursery, which is equipped to provide comprehensive care to infants born at 32 weeks or more. The twins were placed on oxygen and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to keep them breathing. They were also given antibiotics to prevent infection.
“Our nursery uses the latest technologies and monitoring devices to provide advanced, critical care for infants while providing parents peace of mind with our around the clock expert care to ensure the best possible outcomes,” said Margaret Andrin, MD, chief of Obstetrics/Gynecology for the hospital.
RWJUH Somerset combines state-of-the-art technology with expertly-trained staff to provide the best possible care to premature infants. The Intermediate Care Nursery has specially trained maternity and neonatal nurses, who collaborate with the neonatologists and OB/GYNs to care for the infants and their mothers 24-7.
“Being a mom wasn’t new to me but having twins coupled with them being born prematurely made me feel like a new mom all over again,” said Eradze. “Since they were premature they required a different type of care for everything from feeding to how to hold them. The nursing staff was wonderful and helped me so much and really made everything easier for me.”
After one month in the Intermediate Care Nursery, Noah and Mia were pronounced healthy enough to go home and join their seven-year-old brother, Matthew. Thanks to RWJUH Somerset, and their excellent Level II Intermediate Care Nursery, Eradze’s tumultuous journey led to a happy ending.
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