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Delivery of triplets first of its kind at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in at least 25 years

Jason Whitewater and his wife, Johanna Thomas, are the parents of the first set of triplets born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in more than 25 years.

Jason Whitewater and his wife, Johanna Thomas, are the parents of the first set of triplets born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in more than 25 years.

May 24, 2011

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Jason Whitewater and Johanna Thomas welcomed triplets — two girls and a boy — into their family early Monday morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Jason Whitewater and Johanna Thomas welcomed triplets — two girls and a boy — into their family early Monday morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

When you’re the mother of three babies, you had better get used to changing plans.

Johanna Thomas found that out from the very beginning.

The plan all along had been for Thomas to deliver her triplets at the Kansas University Hospital, which is one of the area hospitals specially equipped to deal with triplet births. But then she woke up early Monday morning with labor pains. She called her nurse at KU Med, who said it would be best to get a quick checkup at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency room before trying to travel to Kansas City.

The LMH diagnosis was clear.

“They said we were going to have a lot of babies in a little bit of time,” Thomas recalled from her hospital room Monday afternoon.

Thomas arrived at LMH at 1:30 a.m. and by 4:30 a.m. had been prepped and taken to a Cesarean section operating room. All three babies were brought into the world before 4:40 a.m.

With them came a little bit of LMH history. The delivery marked the first time in at least 25 years that the hospital had delivered triplets, Belinda Rehmer, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said.

Thomas said it was quite a scene from her vantage point as well. She said she was told that there were 14 staff members in the room to attend to all the specialized procedures required for multiple births.

The three babies — two girls and a boy — were born with healthy birth weights ranging from 5 pounds, 15 ounces to 6 pounds, 1 ounce. The boy was breathing with the help of oxygen on Monday, but Thomas said he was no longer expected to need that by today. The biggest issue, perhaps, was that Thomas and the babies’ father, Jason Whitewater, hadn’t yet figured out what to name all of them.

Thomas admitted that she did feel uneasy about the change of delivery plans at first.

“I was unsure in the beginning, but the doctor made me comfortable with everything,” Thomas said. “They were great, and they seemed really excited to do it.”

And now, it seems appropriate that this new chapter in Thomas’ life started with a change. After all, she went from being a mother of two to being a mother of five in a matter of moments.

“When we first learned we were having triplets, it was scary,” said Thomas, who said the triplets weren’t the result of fertility drugs or any similar efforts. “But we always say everything happens for a reason.

“Now it is so exciting. When I saw them this morning, I fell in love all over again.”

Comments

Loretta James 3 years, 7 months ago

Any place for people to make donations as they are going to need it. Congratas

seesusanwrite 3 years, 7 months ago

What a great way to start the day- pull up the Ljworld and see a little baby with tons of hair, all swaddled up and sleeping. I can't imagine having 3 babies at once and going from a mother of two to a mother of five. Yikes. Good luck to the parents!

trymeone35 3 years, 7 months ago

what a true blessing with all the sad things going on in the news.. CONGRATS on THE beautiful babies

Chad Collins 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats! Prepare for hell. I'm not saying they aren't blessings but those who call them blessings have never raised multiples. Good luck to both of you.

Kontum1972 3 years, 7 months ago

ahhhh..the aromatic smell of diapers.....takes me back to when my son was born...

you get the triple threat there folks...congrats

midwestmom 3 years, 7 months ago

Super Mom! Three babies over 5 pounds - wow!

Good luck and many blessings!

I'd definitely participate in a diaper drive.

StirrrThePot 3 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations to the new Mom and Dad--and good luck! I am glad to know that everything went well.

Way to go, LMH Staff! I was very happy with them when I had my baby there in 2010.

christy kennedy 3 years, 7 months ago

Wow. Congratulations and best wishes! LJW please let us know if there is a diaper drive or anything like it.

MAMAMCCOY09 3 years, 7 months ago

Congratulations! good thing you have a couple of older kids to help you :) diaper drive does sound awesome and so thoughtful, i will see if i can get any details on how to get this going, it would help the family a great deal.

jordan07 3 years, 7 months ago

The two siblings of these triplets go to the same daycare as my son, and the triplets will soon be joining them! I can get something started for donations and get them to the parents as I see the two older sisters and their grandma almost daily! Let me know if anyone would like to help with diapers, wipes, clothes, paper towels or anything you can think of!

wmathews 3 years, 7 months ago

Hey all - A donation drop off site has been set up for the triplets. There is information in Wednesday's Town Talk: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/may...

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