It is often said that mothers have one of the toughest but rewarding jobs, and Winthrop was proud to honor some very special moms at an early Mother’s Day celebration on May 7.
Members of Winthrop's Maternal Fetal Medicine and NICU teams celebrated mothers of triplets and mothers who over-came Vasa Previa.
The event reunited seven mothers of triplets and four mothers who were diagnosed with Vasa Previa, a pregnancy-threatening condition, with their Winthrop caregivers. The moms were recognized for all the surprises, joys and challenges that caring for and raising multiple-birth children pose and for delivering healthy babies despite their high risk pregnancies.
“As Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists, it is always rewarding when our team sees the fantastic outcomes we have at Winthrop- University Hospital,” said Martin Chavez, MD, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Fetal Surgery Program at Winthrop, who welcomed the mothers with the rest of his colleagues in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Labor and Delivery, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “This is even more satisfying as we get to be part of this pre- Mother’s Day celebration for these mothers and families who worked so hard and allowed our team to be a part of their care.”
(Above, l.-r.) Parents Joseph Chapman and Yorel Deleon and their triplets – Talia, Camille and Alexis – reuinite with Dr. Chavez and Jolene Muscat, MD, member of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Children played together on a play mat in the center of the festively decorated Treiber Conference Center in the Research and Academic Center, and parents connected with one another and spoke about their experiences. One father in attendance shared how much Winthrop’s support meant when he visited his wife every night, who was on bed rest at the Hospital after being diagnosed with Vasa Previa, a con- dition that occurs when a vessel from the umbilical cord of the baby is directly in the path of the normal delivery route. If this vessel is damaged, it could cause catastrophic harm to the baby. Families also had the opportunity to reconnect and say “thank you” for the outstanding care they received from the Winthrop team.
“This means the world to every single member of our Winthrop team to see the end product of these complicated pregnan- cies,” said Dr. Chavez. “We are committed and driven to provide the best care for pregnancies that would otherwise have less than ideal outcomes.”
Martin R. Chavez, MD, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Fetal Surgery Program at Winthrop, plays with four-year-old Brien Malloy, a triplet who was born at Winthrop.
Lunch was served at the event and moth- ers were presented with flowers, as well as gift bags filled with products and gift certificates courtesy of Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas.
Do the moms have any advice to share this Mother’s Day? “Be good to yourself and be patient because they’re going to challenge you and you always feel like you’re not doing the right thing, but you are,” said Yorel Deleon, who brought triplets Talia, Camille and Alexis to the celebration. “Take the rewards where you can get them, even if it’s just a smile!”