Madison and Justin Collier were getting ready to welcome their second and last addition to their family in metro Atlanta when they discovered that they would need more space than they had anticipated.
Madison Collier, without her husband, went to the doctor for a routine checkup. She was shocked to learn that she was actually pregnant with four children and not one.
Collier was first to notice something was wrong when her doctor asked if she was taking fertility drugs. She was not. Justin Collier, Collier’s husband had left home due to allergies. Collier was the only one present at the appointment and her mind began racing.
“I assumed twins immediately, and he replied, ‘No. Not twins.'” She said. “At this point I am literally asking myself, “Do they come in more??”
She found out she was going to have quadruplets and called her husband to share the news. Justin Collier was shocked to learn that they were going to be having four bundles.
Each year, there are approximately 150 quadruplets or higher-order multiples that are born in the United States. They are most often caused by assisted reproduction. Justin and Collier were not being treated for infertility. Justin and Collier have no family history with multiples.
Isla Colliers, a 4-year-old daughter of the Colliers, listened to their conversation and asked them what had happened. Her answer? “Do you have a plan to have four children?” The couple laughed and said that they did not.
The risk of complications for both mom and baby increases when there are four. Preterm birth is one of the most common complications. Collier was able to experience this when her quads were born at 28 weeks gestation. The babies weighed between 2 and 5 ounces and 2 and 10 ounces. They needed to be kept in neonatal intensive-care units.
Many months later, all four babies are healthy and thriving. Two boys and two daughters were welcomed by the Colliers: Calloway and Eliza, Wilder, and Iris.
Madison Collier stated that the babies arrived a little sooner than we expected, but that the Northside [Hospital] teams were there to support us and encourage us throughout the process.
Justin Collier’s only suggestion for pregnant women who are expecting multiple children at once is to “Prepare as much and then ride the roller coaster, holding on tight.”