The mom, Maggie Sillero, was 28 weeks pregnant when she arrived at her scheduled admission at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas on May 8. After taking a routine COVID-19 test, Sillero learned — on Mother’s Day, no less — that she had the virus.
To make matters worse, her husband also tested positive, meaning he was unable to visit her in the hospital.
“While perplexed how she caught the virus since she had been quarantined at home since March 23, as an incredibly kind and selfless person, Sillero’s main concern was everyone but herself,” the hospital wrote on Facebook. “She worried about the health of the triplets, her husband and their 5-year-old son, as well as the nurses and physicians caring for her.”
On June 4, after five COVID-19 tests — the final two of which were negative — Sillero got more bad news. During her weekly ultrasound, doctors realized that Baby A’s cord was wrapped around her neck. She had to have a C-section that day, but because her husband hadn’t yet received a second negative test result, he wouldn’t be able be there to support her during labor.
Sillero’s mom stepped in as her support person, and she also got virtual support from other family members.
“Maggie remembers that at exactly 3:59 p.m., her father called to pray with her, and when it was time for her epidural, a nurse hugged her tightly until it was complete,” wrote the hospital.
Isabella was born at 4:51 p.m., Nathaniel followed at 4:53 p.m., and Adriel completed the trio at 4:55 p.m.
All three babies are still in the Level II NICU at the hospital, with mom visiting them every day. According to the Facebook post, Sillero’s advice to other pregnant moms is to “take their pregnancy day-by-day and don’t let fear of COVID-19 overpower their emotions.”
“As a mom, you want control, but right now, you have to accept that you don’t have control of everything,” she added. “You have to let other people help you and remember you aren’t alone. Look forward to each day and celebrate every small victory.”