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Dotzler Quads born at Mercy to be featured on TLC show "Make Room for Multiples"

April 7, 2010

Emme, Sophie, Brady and Max Dotzler are already making their national television debut–and they aren’t even five months old. The Dotzler quads–along with their parents James and Casey–will be featured on the April 12th episode of “Make Room for Multiples,” a reality-based television show on The Learning Channel (TLC).

Dotzler quads deliveryAfter receiving an e-mail from an extended family member of James and Casey, a New York City-based production agency contacted and worked with the Dotzlers months before and after delivery.  

The Dotzlers were filmed at Mercy while Casey was on bed rest and a camera crew was present in the delivery room to capture footage during the births. A camera crew was also present when Sophie was discharged from the Mercy Variety Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in February. Interviews were conducted with the Dotzler family’s care team consisting of perinatologists, neonatologists, nurses and support staff as well as in-depth interviews with the new parents, James and Casey.

The Doztler quadruplets include:

  • Emme, weighed 2 lbs., 10 oz. at birth, weighs 10 lbs., 7 oz. today;
  • Sophie, weighed 2 lbs., 10 oz. at birth, weighs 9 lbs., 5 oz. today; 
  • Brady, weighed 2 lbs. 12 oz. at birth, weighs 10 lbs. 10 oz. today and
  • Max, weighed 3 lbs. 7 oz. at birth, weighs 12 lbs., 10 oz. today.

Dotzler Quads todayBorn on Nov. 18, 2009, at 30-weeks gestation (10 weeks premature), James and Casey started welcoming their babies home on Dec. 26 with Sophie joining the family at home on Feb. 13. Today, the family is getting adjusted to sleep patterns, frequent diaper changes and multiples feedings – but most importantly, enjoying being a family under the same roof.  

More than 20 Mercy physicians, nurses and staff were in the delivery room to welcome each Dotzler baby.  The Dotzler quads were the first set of quads born at Mercy since 1999 – when the hospital welcomed five sets within one year.

Mercy – the state leader in maternity care – has consistently set a state record for births since 2006. In 2009, Mercy was the first hospital in the state of Iowa to welcome more than 5,000 babies into the world–with a record 5,066 newborns. Designed to provide state-of-the-art technology to mothers, babies and families throughout the birthing and post-partum experience, Mercy’s Women & Infants’ Center consists of the Variety Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a specialized Maternity Triage & Treatment Unit, a Birthing Unit and a Mother/Baby Unit with a well-baby nursery.

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Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

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