By Glendale Star Staff
Christmas came early for Rebecca and Noah Hickman when they welcomed triplets Adley, Briella and Charlotte, born at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus on Dec. 16.
Born at approximately 32 weeks, the babies are getting stronger in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before going home.
“I’ve been dreaming about it, we’ve been so excited since we found out,” said Rebecca about the birth of her triplets. “I’d been told it would be a hard pregnancy with triplets, but it’s been very smooth.”
She said she had a lot of support from family as well as members of North Valley Baptist Church, where Noah is a pastor. “We have had so much support from both of our families, and the support from our church family has been a huge blessing,” she said.
Hickman said she took her pregnancy and social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic in stride, with confidence in her birthing team including Dr. Hetal Shah and the nurses and staff at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus.
“It’s been a bit of a challenge, but I’m thankful Noah could go to the initial ultrasound and Dr. Shah’s office. There were no complications during pregnancy, so we’re very grateful,” she said.
The Hickman triplets will briefly stay in the Abrazo Arrowhead hospital’s Level II EQ NICU—a designation from the Arizona Perinatal Trust certifying the hospital can provide services for high-risk obstetrical patients and newborns requiring selective continuing care as early as 28 weeks gestation.
“All three babies are doing great. All in all, though, we’re blessed and God definitely has His hand of protection on our babies!” Noah said.
“We are pleased to be able to provide specialized care for mothers and babies, including high-order multiple births, at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus,” said Chief Nursing Officer Julie Bowman. “Our 24/7 coverage with neonatal specialists, laborists and OB emergency department offer confidence for the families choosing Arrowhead for childbirth.”
Abrazo Arrowhead was recognized for its surgical capabilities in U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2020-21.
During a year of social distancing, hospital visitor limitations and other precautions, a father or support person is still allowed for childbirth patients at Abrazo Arrowhead.
“COVID, Christmas and babies—it’s been a year like no other. We expect our total deliveries will again be more than 3,000 babies this year. Our staff loves what they do, and during the holidays they are excited to help bring a little extra cheer for the families in our birthing center,” said Amy Munoz, director of women’s and infants services.