NICU Nurse adopts preemie triplets including their teenage mom to keep them together

A NICU nurse adopted a teenage mom so she wouldn’t be separated from her untimely triplets, which she used to take care of within the neonatal intensive care unit for months.

Shariya Small’s teenage life turned the wrong way up when she gave start to triplets at 14 years previous. She simply grew to become an adolescent however she needed to have a tendency to 3 infants, feed them, and alter their diapers, whereas different youngsters her age had been busy learning and having enjoyable.

What made it much more difficult was her infants had been untimely. She gave start to them at 26 weeks in order that they needed to spend the primary 4 months of their lives in incubators.

At her age, Small was not able to develop into a mom. The tasks of taking care of three kids had been an excessive amount of for her.

Fortunately, the NICU nurse, Katrina Mullen was there for her and her infants since day one. She didn’t solely deal with the kids however she additionally supplied Small a shoulder to lean on.


Mullen talked to Small lots and gave her recommendation on motherhood and childcare. “I’d go sit within the workplace together with her and discuss mainly something,” Small shared.

“I’d inform her a few of my secrets and techniques and she or he talked to me about her experiences with being a teen mother. That’s one of many issues we clicked on whereas I used to be within the hospital.”

Earlier than they had been discharged, Small exchanged numbers with Mullen and so they continued their blossoming friendship outdoors the hospital.

Mullen stored her promise to Small and answered all her cellphone calls and textual content messages. They’d additionally video name one another on FaceTime every time Small wanted assist dealing with her son’s feeding tube.

Mullen, the NICU nurse, expressed her generosity by sending them items and packages. Ultimately, she began visiting Small and her kids regardless of the two-hour round-trip drive.

“She would drive from Brownsburg to Kokomo simply to see me and the infants for like an hour,” Small mentioned.

Katrina Mullen's family

Mullen’s co-workers seen how shut she was with Small and the triplets, which initiated a operating joke within the hospital.

They’d ask Mullen if she had introduced the infants dwelling together with her but and the way her “adopted” daughter was doing.

Small and Mullen’s relationship obtained even higher till at some point, Small introduced again her son to the hospital. She wanted somebody to take care of him and Mullen supplied her assist wholeheartedly.

Nevertheless, this incident made the Indiana Division of Baby Providers study the residing scenario of Small and her kids.

The case officer concluded that the three kids wanted to be in foster care, which scared each Small and Mullen.

“Simply from being a nurse, I knew there wouldn’t be many foster houses that might take a teen mom with three youngsters,” mentioned Mullen. 

Katrina Mullen with the judge during the adoption hearing.

Mullen agreed to undertake not solely Small but in addition her three kids so they might all stay collectively. Although she is a single mom and has 5 different kids, Mullen was decided to assist her newly-adopted youngsters.

After signing the paperwork, she eagerly despatched Small a textual content message that melted her daughter’s coronary heart, “I can’t wait so that you can come dwelling!”

Mullen made room for Small and her youngsters and made some changes at work so she may assist her with the triplets. Now 15 years previous, Small went again to high school to complete her schooling.

“All people informed me that I wouldn’t end faculty, that I wouldn’t obtain my targets, however now I’m graduating as a junior and was accepted into two faculties with tutorial scholarships,” Small mentioned. 

When Small finishes highschool, she plans to go to school and develop into a nurse, similar to her mom.

Mullen, on the one hand, couldn’t be happier and prouder. “It’s been nice,” she mentioned. “Disturbing? Sure. Sleepless nights? Sure. However value it? Completely.”

Mullen arrange a fundraiser for the way forward for Small and her triplets by means of GoFundMe. She hopes to make use of the proceeds for his or her schooling, housing prices, and a automobile for Small and the infants.