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March 21, 2013

The Big Four: Floyd County couple preparing for births of quadruplets

GEORGETOWN — Stacy Stevens and Ryan McCutcheon will have a hard time topping 2013. So far, in three short months, it’s been quite a year. Maybe an historic one.

The two recently became engaged, are preparing to move into a new home, bought a vehicle and in a few months, will become parents of quadruplets.

What makes the upcoming births of their four babies even more remarkable is they were conceived without any type of fertility drugs or in vitro fertilization. The odds of getting pregnant with quads without any type of medical assistance is 1 out of 750,000.

It’s been quite a year, indeed. 

“We thought [the doctors] were joking,” Stevens said when doctors told them the good news. “I think it took a while before it sunk in.”

“I was waiting for the punch line,” McCutcheon added. “I didn’t believe it. I think I cried, said I was sorry [to Stacy] a hundred times, and said ‘you are kidding’ several times.”

Stevens, who also has an 8-year-old boy and 2-year-old daughter, is 16 weeks pregnant. The couple recently found out they are having two boys and two girls. Her due date is Aug. 30, but the quads will likely be delivered in June when she is between 30 and 32 weeks pregnant.

“It scares me more,” said McCutcheon, who is a respiratory therapist at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. “I see a lot of premature babies. We have babies [delivered] at 24 weeks living.”

The two said they had no idea they were going to have quads until a recent ultrasound.

“We thought it would be a simple appointment, but it turned into three hours. We were totally shocked,” Stevens said. “My blood work was normal so we had no idea.”

Stevens will begin receiving steroid injections at 23 weeks pregnant and total bed rest will start at 26 weeks. She said it is “getting down to crunch time.” 

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