They say sometimes miracles come in pairs. And that’s exactly how Kacy and Nicholas from Delray Beach, Florida, feel about their twin daughters, Sapphira and Kaiya.
After struggles with infertility, the couple learned in May 2014 that their first attempt of in vitro fertilization (IVF) was successful. Kacy says, “I really feel like everything worked out the way it was supposed to, and these girls were meant to be ours all along. It’s so hard to have faith when dealing with infertility but I am so thankful that we never gave up.” Kacy ended up delivering the girls at 30 weeks, 5 days. She had spent almost a week in the hospital being treated with fluids, magnesium and steroids for early labor.
Contractions did stop, but then labor started again and progressed quickly. To Kacy’s relief, both arrived, as she described, “screaming”; Sapphira at 3 pounds 2 ounces and Kaiya at 3 pounds 1 ounce. Because of their prematurity, the twins were admitted into the NICU at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
As a NICU nurse, Kacy knew one of the biggest threats her girls faced was necrotizing enterocolitis. Also known as NEC, the life threatening condition affects the intestines of premature infants. Occurrences of NEC are greatly reduced through breastfeeding. Kacy explains, “I knew that human milk was the best and only nutrition my girls would get.”