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Excitement mounts with four in store

Second of a series of updates on the Pasco County couple expecting quadruplets in September.

Everyone expects parents to be enthusiastic when expecting a baby.

Family, friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers anticipate the "blessed event" with plenty of emotion.

Then there are doctors _ serious, professional, clinical. Modern-day medicine makes giving birth almost routine, nothing to get excited about.

When a couple is expecting quadruplets, however . . .

"It is quite exciting," said Dr. Karen Raimer of St. Petersburg Maternal Fetal Medicine, which is affiliated with Bayfront Medical Center. "It also presents you with a medical challenge."

Raimer and her associates, Dr. Raul Montenegro and Dr. Jose Prieto, are the perinatalogists, or "near-birth" doctors, for Mary Jo Adamita, the New Port Richey woman expecting quads this fall.

"It's exciting because you don't see (quadruplets) very often," Raimer said. "Whenever she (Mrs. Adamita) comes in, she is the focus of attention."

Mary Jo and her husband, Salvatore, 29, also have two sons from her previous marriage, Anthony, 10, and Christopher, 12.

"We are always excited when she comes in," said Dr. Jim Pollard, chief OB resident at Bayfront. "You always end up having half a dozen people in the (ultrasound) room."

"From our perspective . . . quads are very rare," Prieto said. "They bring with them the complications of pregnancy. But that's what we're here for."

Mrs. Adamita's pregnancy resulted from in-vitro fertilization. The couple had prepared for one child, but she wound up pregnant with four.

Pollard said he has a soft spot in his heart for multiple births _ two, actually. He and his wife are parents of twin 2-year-old girls.

"I have a sort of affinity for multiple gestations because of that," he said. "It kind of strikes close to home."

Mrs. Adamita, 33, said that she understands the medical excitement about her pregnancy, but that it can become somewhat trying.

"Dr. Pollard is a sweetheart," she said. "When I'm at the clinic, it's fun. It's kind of like fun. Sometimes, it gets to be overwhelming. I think people just don't understand what this involves."

The Adamitas first learned they were expecting four children after an ultrasound exam June 10. They'd been told earlier to expect one child, then triplets. "I told the poor people at Bayfront that if they found another baby, I was breaking their ultrasound," Mrs. Adamita said.

Since the Times began profiling the Adamitas this month, several readers have called to donate items the family needs. Here's a list of the most recent gifts:

Four new car seats, from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office crime prevention unit.

A recliner for Mrs. Adamita to sleep in, from Parkwood Pharmacy.

A set of baby swings, from Steve Prescott of New Port Richey.

Various baby clothes and other items, from Dr. Lori Ransohof of Tampa.

A crib, from Linda Phillips of Hudson.

A cash donation, from BFI Waste Systems in Clearwater.