Read Arden and Sydney's Story
When Meredith’s doctor told her she would be having twins, she cried with joy, knowing she would be welcoming two new members into her family. However, a complication discovered midway into her pregnancy left her worried for their safety. With the care of her OB/GYN, Dr. Hsi-Pin Chen from Atrius Health Women’s Centerm and the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists at South Shore Hospital, Meredith was able to face the challenges of a complicated pregnancy and deliver her babies successfully by natural childbirth.
As soon as it was confirmed that Meredith was having twins, Dr. Chen immediately consulted with specialists from South Shore Hospital’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Program, adding another level of expertise to her care team. Together, Dr. Chen and the MFM specialists worked with Meredith to monitor her pregnancy and provide the special attention needed for multiple births.
The first challenge in her pregnancy unfolded for Meredith during her second visit with Dr. Achilles Athanassiou, the director of the MFM Program at South Shore Hospital. At only 23 weeks, Meredith learned she had a short cervix and was unexpectedly beginning the first stage of labor. Slowing down Meredith’s labor and postponing the babies’ delivery became Dr. Achilles’ first priority. He immediately prescribed bed rest for Meredith, a step that would give the twins as much time as possible to develop before birth.
At 30 weeks, Meredith faced another challenge when her cervix began dilating far too early. She was immediately admitted to South Shore Hospital for closer observation. Meredith’s care team, from Atrius Health Women’s Center and South Shore Hospital, helped her continue to carry her babies for as long as possible.
During her hospital stay, Meredith became very close to her nurses and other South Shore Hospital staff. They gave her books to read, showed her how to crochet and knit, and did everything possible to keep her mind occupied as the long days passed. “I know it was their job to be nurses, but they were so much more than that,” said Meredith. “They were my family, my sisters, my mother, and my friends.”
Meredith had spent almost six weeks in the hospital when, on April 5, 2010, her babies were delivered by natural childbirth at 36 weeks. The twin girls, Arden and Sydney, weighed in at a healthy 5 lbs. 12 oz. and 6 lbs. 2 oz. Neither baby needed to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Looking back, Meredith reflected, “Every birth is unique, but you don’t need to go into Boston to have a great experience. Being at South Shore Hospital was like an extension of my home. I love South Shore Hospital.”