McGee Twins

Women's Health Patient Story: Meet the McGee Twins

Mom Returns to Southern Regional to Give Birth to Twin Girls

Christine McGee had such a wonderful experience giving birth to her son at Southern Regional that she knew she'd be back someday to have another baby.

But she never imagined that the next time would be a high-risk pregnancy with twins!

McGee spent the last 13 weeks of her pregnancy on bed rest after doctors determined that one of her twin girls was significantly larger than the other, which could be problematic. She also developed high blood pressure toward the end of her pregnancy.

A Challenging Pregnancy

It was an especially difficult time because she also had a 3-year-old son to take care of, but she managed with help from her very supportive husband and their wonderful extended family.

Her doctor told her to plan for a C-section because one of the babies was positioned sideways in the womb, making it nearly impossible to deliver vaginally.

When McGee was 34 weeks pregnant, her doctor decided she should check into the hospital for monitoring. But while McGee was at home getting ready that day, she unexpectedly went into labor and was rushed to Southern Regional.

On January 8th, 2009, she gave birth via C-section to two beautiful baby girls: Addison, weighing 6 lbs 1 oz and Ansley, weighing 4 lbs 13 oz.

Delivery of Joy

Although she had a tough pregnancy, she says the delivery at Southern Regional was perfect.

"It was wonderful," McGee said. "They have a wonderful group of nurses and doctors with amazing teamwork. Everyone went way beyond the call of duty."

McGee is a nurse herself, so she has a special perspective on health care. She had always planned to have her next child at Southern Regional, but that became even more important to her when she found out she was having twins.

"They have a state-of-the-art, Level III NICU, so I really wanted to be there just in case there was a problem," said McGee, who is employed by a pediatrics clinic.

The Level III NICU provides specialized care for newborns - ranging from those who are extremely ill to those who just need some extra assistance after their arrival. Nurses are also trained to teach new parents how to care for preemies and newborns with special needs.

Getting the Best Care

As it turned out, the McGee twins did need some special help after they were born. The first night they were both placed on nasal CPAP machines to help them breathe. Ansley was taken off the machine the next day, but Addison needed extra help because she was breathing too fast.

Addison also needed to be given IV fluids and kept in the NICU for six more days.

McGee and her husband, Clint, were extremely grateful for the NICU.

"Every mom hopes their babies will be perfectly fine, but with twins you know it can be a little tough, so I really wanted a hospital with a Level III NICU," McGee said. "I wanted to be someplace where I knew my babies would get the best care."

McGee says she wouldn't change a thing about her experience and she will recommend Southern Regional to her friends and family.

"I would definitely do it all over again," she said. "The staff is extraordinary and so helpful and comforting, while giving you the best quality of care."