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Mercy welcomes a four-times-as-special delivery–Brady, Emme, Max and Sophie Dotzler

November 19, 2009

Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines had a very special delivery on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, the births of Brady, Emme, Max and Sophie Dotzler, a set of quadruplets. The babies are welcomed by new parents Casey and James Dotzler of Bondurant. The Dotzler quadruplets are first set of quadruplets born at Mercy in ten years since five sets of quadruplets in 1999.

The Doztler quadruplets include:

  • Emme, born at 10:08 a.m., weighs 2 lbs., 10 oz.
  • Sophie, born at 10:08 a.m., weighs 2 lbs., 10 oz.
  • Brady, born at 10:09 a.m., weighs 2 lbs. 12 oz.
  • Max, born at 10:09 a.m., weighs 3 lbs. 7 oz.

“We were truly praying for one baby,” says Casey Dotzler, the new mom of four healthy–but premature–babies. “When the sonographer found four heart beats during our first ultrasound we were shocked–and incredibly blessed at the same time,” adds Casey.

More than 20 Mercy physicians, nurses and staff were in the delivery room waiting to welcome the Dotzler babies. Perinatal Center of Iowa perinatologists, Dr. Neil Mandsager and Dr. Joseph Hwang, oversaw the prenatal care of Casey and the babies and Dr. Joseph Hwang was the delivering physician. Casey had been on strict bed rest for the last five weeks on Mercy’s Maternity Triage and Treatment Unit–the only dedicated high-risk pregnancy inpatient unit in central Iowa. Born at 30 weeks of gestation, the babies will be in the Mercy Variety Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for approximately 10 weeks depending on their developments and condition. The babies are doing well and only the boys are currently requiring the extra breathing help of a ventilator.

The Dotzler family is scheduled to appear on an episode of a new TLC series “Make Room for Multiples.” The show will follow the Dotzler family during their prenatal phase as well as when all the babies are home. An air date has not been schedule yet.

The Dotzler quadruplets are on track to be part of another record-setting year for births at Mercy. Since 2006, Mercy has consecutively set a new state record for the number of babies born at a single Iowa hospital. In 2008, Mercy welcomed and care for 4,948 babies and their families.

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 with three C-section rooms and a Mother/Baby Unit with a well-baby nursery.

Contact Gregg Lagan
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

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cell 515-490-6636


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