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Fort Bragg couple has quadruplets after nine-year fertility struggle

Posted July 20, 2011

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— A Cumberland County woman gave birth last week to quadruplets, four tiny bundles of joy that ended a nearly decade-long fertility struggle.

Sgt. Athena Rose and her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Nick Rose, both active-duty soldiers at Fort Bragg, had two girls, Lilly Ann and Emma Lynn, and two boys, Ethan and Nick, Jr. on Friday afternoon. But the 3-pound infants were marked "Rose A," "Rose B," "Rose C" and "Rose D" at Womack Army Medical Center's intensive care unit Wednesday. 

Athena Rose had planned to deliver at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, but when her labor began, the staff at Womack decided it wasn't safe for her to travel. They'd have to deliver the hospital's first set of quadruplets themselves.

"People who ordinarily have leadership roles kind of put on scrubs and helped out," said Col. Paul Whitecar, Womack's chief of maternal medicine.

Quadruplets Fort Bragg couple has quadruplets

The births were the culmination of a nine-year journey for the Roses. In their desire to have children, they endured rounds of fertility treatments, three miscarriages and plenty of heartache.

"The first (miscarriage) was the hardest. It takes your breath away. It changes who you are," Athena Rose said. "(Infertility) definitely put us through very trying times."

Then, about seven months ago, the Roses saw something they'll never forget.

"The heartbeat," Nick Rose said. "The first time (I saw) the heartbeat, it was an amazing thing – and then, four heartbeats."

The ultrasound confirmed that Athena Rosa was pregnant with not one, but four children. Fear nagged at the soon-to-be new mother.

"I didn't think it would last. I lived my life as if the pregnancy wasn't going to last," she said. "I didn't count on producing four healthy babies."

But she did, and she couldn't be happier.

"It makes me feel like a little kid on Christmas morning," she said. "(It's like) when you open your presents and get exactly what you wanted."

Doctors said all six Roses are doing well, but the infants won't be able to home until they can breathe, eat and stay warm on their own.

Athena and Nick Rose, who have both served in Afghanistan, are confident they won't be deployed in the near future.

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  • loprestw Jul 22, 2011

    "Won't be deployed in the near future" ? I guess they are not going to do the job tax payers are paying them to do. try that stuff in the civilian world!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 21, 2011

    CP - "People don't adopt because most people really want an infant."

    Many don't adopt because the agencies have made it too darn hard to do so which is a shame for orphan children.

    Sure, interview and investigate them, but making them walk tightropes and pay exorbitant fees is not the way to get an orphan child good parents.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 21, 2011

    "Just because we get help conceiving doesn't mean that it's okay to attack us for spending our money to do so or to condemn us for not adopting instead. We are better parents for the work we invest in order to have them and cherish them more than someone who just blinked and got pregnant."

    I agree.

    Remember too, giving birth does not automatically click in the tools for good parenting. One must work at that constantly and consistently, and truly good parents also take classes to ensure they're doing the right things at the right times.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 21, 2011

    Blessings times four.

    Praying for them all.

  • Mountaingirl14 Jul 21, 2011

    wdrwomanp: "Just because we get help conceiving doesn't mean that it's okay to attack us for spending our money to do so or to condemn us for not adopting instead. We are better parents for the work we invest in order to have them and cherish them more than someone who just blinked and got pregnant."

    But it is okay for you to condemn people who "just blinked and got pregnant" by saying they don't cherish their babies since it was easy for them to get pregnant? as if!

  • carolinaprincess62 Jul 21, 2011

    People don't adopt because most people really want an infant. And there are not that many infants available. With abortions readily available and teenaged pregnancies more socially acceptable, it makes it difficult for the average person to adopt.

  • Lady Justice Jul 21, 2011

    "why don't people adopt?"
    anne53ozzy

    I expect they want biological children like most other people do. Why does ANYONE want to have their child as opposed to adopting immediately? There is absolutely nothing wrong with adopting, but it seems people think that just because you have a medical issue you are for some reason supposed to go out and adopt. Additionally, adoption is often so expensive that many people just cannot afford to do it. It is way more expensive than many types of fertility treatments.

  • liskm Jul 21, 2011

    Gives all new meaning to taking time to stop and smell the roses!
    Congrats to the Rose family. Enjoy these 4 beautiful little bundles!

  • anne53ozzy Jul 21, 2011

    I have mixed emotions about these multiple births that are increasingly common. Firstly, there are often health issues with these children and secondly there is the issue of care for so many babies at one time. With the incresing focus on banning abortion, why don't people adopt?

  • Lady Justice Jul 21, 2011

    "Sometimes the truth hurts, huh? I have two adopted children who are the light of my life. I don't mind these guys having kids but it's un-natural to have them this way...4 at a time. Plus, it's not good for the kids themselves either. Think about it and maybe, just maybe you'll be able to figure out what I'm saying!"
    sammyg

    I am thinking, but the only conclusion I can come up with is that you are just uneducated in regards to pregnancy and children.

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