New quadruplets doing great

Community Regional Medical Center’s latest quadruplets, born shortly before 8 a.m. Aug. 31, will be joining seven siblings under the age of 8 when they go home in a few days.

Their two moms say they’re excited and ready. Although they didn’t set out to have multiples, they’re more than prepared for anything that might crop up with four babies born seven weeks early. The two women are raising two biological children and five adopted children with severe medical problems.

Dana and Allison Thatch planned to add one more baby to their busy home, but plans quickly expanded when Dana, 28, conceived quadruplets with the help of fertility drugs and a sperm donor. Allison jokes, “Dana can’t do things half way. So she has to go for the gusto.”

Nurses at Community Regional’s special-care nursery had the same assessment when they saw how big and healthy the four babies were. The two girls and two boys totaled 15½ pounds and were breathing on their own, squirming in their bassinets and crying out. Tessa, 4 pounds 3 ounces, Trey, 3 pounds 8 ounces, Trista, 3 pounds 8 ounces, and Toby 4 pounds 5 ounces, will be joining four brothers and three sisters at home soon.

“She did a lot of somethings right,” Mary Davin, a nurse manager in the nursery, said as she admired the quads. “These four have been on our radar for awhile. We expected them a few weeks ago, but they waited.”

Allison said Dana delivered her first baby prematurely at Community Regional two and a half years ago and didn’t consider going anywhere else.

Community Regional offers resources to women and babies not available anywhere else in the Central Valley, such as the region’s only perinatology program, specifically for women with high-risk pregnancies. The downtown hospital has been California’s second busiest birthing center for the past three years, averaging 20 births a day. And because of its expertise in delivering high-risk babies, Community Regional ranks first in the state in delivering the most babies weighing less than 3 pounds.

Community Regional expects to do even more to deliver and keep alive the tiniest and most fragile of babies in the next few years. Coming soon will be a brand new neonatal intensive care unit. The 54-bed unit, scheduled to open in 2009, will be housed on the hospital’s fourth floor and serve as the home to high-risk babies.

This story was reported by Erin Kennedy. She can be reached at