South Shore University Hospital Celebrates its First Set of Triplets

Welcome to the world, Mia, Sofia, and Brianna! The triplets, born on January 22, 2023 are the first set known to be born at South Shore University Hospital (SSUH) of Bay Shore since 1958. Mom Gladiys Oliva and dad Jose Calix have their hands full with the babies whose fighting weights at birth were: 4 pounds, 0 oz; 3 pounds, 13oz; and 3pounds, 11 oz.

“I am so grateful to the entire staff at the hospital for bringing my babies into the world,” said Ms. Oliva. “While three babies at once can seem like a lot, it is not work when you love them so much.”

Gladiys Oliva and dad Jose Calix with triplet daughters Mia, Sofia, and Brianna born at South Shore University Hospital. Photo courtesy of Northwell Health.

Mia and Brianna are identical, and Sofia is a singleton – all conceived naturally (a one in 10,000 occurrence) – and born by c-section – assisted by a team of 10 in the operating room after mom went into natural labor.

“It truly took a dedicated team of individuals to deliver these babies,” said Jolene Muscat, MD, maternal fetal medicine, vice chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology at SSUH. “I’d like to thank Gladiys for trusting us with her care and the care of her new family.”

Following a stay in the hospital’s new NICU, the babies were released last month.

SSUH recently announced the opening of a state-of-the-art NICU, a 6,300-square-foot space dedicated to treating the most critically ill and premature babies. The NICU is part of a $71 million capital improvement plan to revolutionize the maternity and women’s services programs at SSUH.

With accommodations for families, the 11 new postpartum suites feature private bathrooms and closets, LCD flat-screen televisions as well as recliners and sofas that convert to pull-out beds. The four new triage beds will be staffed 24/7 by an obstetrician and registered nurses. SSUH delivers about 2,400 babies each year.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that these were the first set of triplets known to be born at South Shore University Hospital (SSUH) of Bay Shore in the hospital’s 112-year-old history, when in fact triplets birth was recorded at Southside Hospital in the year 1958 – 65 years ago.