April 03, 2019
HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, formerly Bayshore Medical Center, announced its first ever triplet delivery on Wednesday. The fraternal triplets, named Jose, Luna, and Sol, were born seconds apart by planned C-section Friday afternoon (weighing in at three pounds; three pounds, five ounces; and two pounds, five ounces, respectively).
Dr. Owais Khan, medical director of neonatology for HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast oversaw the team that performed the delivery. Dr. Khan, who has delivered twins, triplets and quadruplets throughout his career, stressed that while this was a first for the hospital, his team was well prepared for the occasion.
“Often times, infants who are multiples act more immature than their gestational age, so we have to take some extra steps to prepare our staff on what to expect during after the delivery,” said Khan.
In addition to Dr. Khan, the nine-person delivery team consisted of Obstetrics Specialist Dr. Amit Bansal, a nurse practitioner, three neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) resident nurses, and three neonatal respiratory therapists. Forming groups of three for each triplet, the team worked together in advance to test equipment and clarify each person’s role in providing quality care to mother and infants.
The babies’ mother, Pasadena resident Juana Balderas Lozoya, is healthy and returned home from the hospital on Tuesday. The triplets, delivered at just over 31 weeks gestation, are also doing well and are recovering in HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast’s NICU where their mother may visit them often. This proximity to her home, Dr. Khan, explains, is key.
“It’s important for families and infants to be close to their homes, and I’m proud to provide quality care to premature and ill newborns in our local Southeast Houston community,” said Dr. Khan. “Support for the family is just as important as supporting the newborn, and being close to home alleviate stress from families, allows more frequent visitation, and facilitates bonding with each newborn.”
First-time mom Juana Balderas Lozoya poses with each of her triplets — named Jose, Luna, and Sol — in the NICU at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast.
With a dedicated team of 24/7 obstetrics hospitalists and three offsite Women’s Care Centers throughout East Harris County, HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast is also one of just 58 level III NICUs in the state. This certification validates the hospital may safely care for newborn infants with different degrees of complexity and risk, including babies as young as 28 weeks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, triplets and higher order births account for just 101.6 in 100,000, or a tenth of a percent, of live births.