As Hannah and Jacob Merton anticipate the arrival of quintuplets, preparations are underway at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio, to ensure their arrival and first weeks of life are as seamless as possible. “We would anticipate that every baby should have two registered nurses, a respiratory therapist and a nurse practitioner,” said Dr. Jennifer Grow, Pediatrix-affiliated neonatologist. The quints will require special attention in the neonatal intensive care unit once they’re born, including continuous breathing and temperature monitoring, regular blood testing and the exclusive use of breast milk. Dr. Grow’s philosophy is to work with Mother Nature to nudge premature babies forward. “Do what you need to — not what you can do,” she said. “I often describe neonatology as babysitting. It’s our job to keep them on the path of keeping healthy.”

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