When Amy Krug learned she was expecting twins, she was overwhelmingly excited, but anxious at the same time. Krug, who is managing director of Ele’s Place, a nonprofit offering peer support group programs for grieving children and teens knew about the challenges of pregnancy.
She had supported her sister through a challenging pregnancy and remembered her nephew’s birth at 27 weeks at Hurley Medical Center. “He was very small at 2 pounds 5 ounces and had to stay in NICU for 54 days. But today John Patrick is a beautiful 15-year-old. We thank God and Hurley every day for him,” Krug said.
That family history of early deliveries and Krug’s determination to give her babies every advantage made her choice for care clear. She turned to Hurley Medical Center. It’s important to be an advocate for both your and your children’s care, but “there comes a point when you need to trust your care providers,” Krug said. “I know the care I received contributed to them doing so well today.”
When Krug expressed her concerns about an early delivery to her doctor, she was referred to Dr. Henry Adekola and Dr. Frederico Rocha, Hurley Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists.
“The doctors spent time reviewing my records, listening to my concerns, and even sharing the most recent medical studies. It was reassuring to know that I was heard and respected by these experts,” Krug said.
By seeking proper care early on, coupled with a strong support system, Krug gave birth 33 weeks into her pregnancy on July 13, 2017. Daughters Elizabeth Lynn (4 lbs. 3 oz.) and Eleanor Michelle (3 lbs. 11 oz.) were both healthy. Krug stayed in a family room located near the NICU for the entire 11-day hospital stay.
“The NICU at Hurley was amazing. They provided wonderful care to me and my entire family,” she said. “I knew, based on my sister’s experience, that my babies would receive exceptional care and I wasn’t wrong.”
One of Krug’s best pieces of advice for first-time parents of twins is to find what works for you and simply do your best. Parenting is a team effort and it takes a village to raise a family. Have a plan for who will help and don’t be afraid to assign jobs to family and friends ahead of time.
It’s important to understand early on “that people really do want to help and you need to allow them to in ways you may not have considered,” Krug said. Not only does their help conquer the task at hand, but frequent visits provide moral support and maintain a connection to the outside world.
With a strong support team and some well-thought-out planning, you can turn the shock of doubles into the greatest joy you’ll ever experience.
About The Author
Wendi Fournier is the author of the upcoming young adult novel series “The Adriance Chronicles.” She enjoys creating environmental awareness, empowering youth, playing outside with her family, watching way too many paranormal TV shows, and living an eco-friendly lifestyle.