Oakwood delivers natural quadruplets

Jamie Cain of Southgate said she thought she knew what to expect when she went in for an ultrasound about five months ago.

But the 26-year old was surprised to see not one image on the screen—but four. She and her boyfriend, Chris Deneen, were expecting quadruplets.

“I almost passed out,” said Cain. “We weren’t really prepared for this; If we were on fertility drugs we would’ve known what to expect.”

Deneen agreed. “I was in complete shock,” said the 28-year-old. “I was more speechless than anything.”

‘Spontaneous’ quadruplets, or quadruplets who are conceived without the aid of any fertility drugs, are very rare, according to David Moses, MD, the Oakwood-affiliated doctor who delivered the four infants last week. He said the odds were about one in more than 500,000.

“It’s very rare,” said Moses.

The quadruplets were delivered last Tuesday, after about 28 weeks in the womb. They are recovering in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn because their lungs were not yet fully developed. Dr. Moses said pre-term deliveries were common with women pregnant with multiple babies.

“The issue is trying to get the patients as far along as you can during pregnancy,” he said.

The quadruplets—all boys—weighed between 2 lbs, 11 oz. and 3 lbs, 2 oz., but ‘A-D,’ otherwise known as Liam, Chance, Christopher Jr, and Hayden, are getting stronger every day, according to Deneen.

“Words can’t describe the feelings,” he said. “You can’t help but smile and be excited.”

Chris Deneen (left) and Jamie Cain check in on Christopher, Jr. in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center.