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A photo taken from Facebook of Ashley Gardner after her four babies were born via C-section. The caption read: "Mommy is feeling good after the c-section! All 4 babies have dark hair!!"

Quad Squad mom Ashley Gardner and her husband Tyson welcomed their four baby girls into the world on Sunday afternoon.

The girls -- Indie Mae, Esme Jane, Scarlett Elizabeth and Evangeline Faith -- were delivered via cesarean and are doing great, according to the couple’s Facebook page.

Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline each weigh a little more than 2 lbs; Indie weighs a little less than 2 lbs. Each has a head of dark hair.

After a long Saturday night, Ashley and Tyson said in a video posted to Facebook at about 1 p.m on Sunday that they expected the babies to come within 48 hours. Two to three hours later the babies were born.

Friends and fans cheered the couple on from around the world after their first Facebook post about a possible delivery.

From Texas, Emily Morgan wrote to Tyson, “You’ve waited 8 years for someone to say ‘CONGRATULATIONS DAD!!'”

From the UK, Georgina Briers wrote, “I’ve never been so relieved and overjoyed for two strangers in my life. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I feel privileged to be a part of it. Congratulations to all.”

Ashley’s due date was March 11, but following national averages, doctors had given her an expected-delivery time frame of 28 to 34 weeks, Janet Frank said in an interview on Dec. 23. Frank is the spokesperson for Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where the quadruplets were born. On the day of delivery, Ashley was 29.5-weeks pregnant.

The girls will be cared for in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, where they’ll likely spend the first two months of their lives, according to Frank. Teams of four will care for each baby, including a nurse, respiratory therapist, nurse practitioner and neonatologist.

If all goes well, Ashley will likely be released from the hospital in three to five days, Frank said.

The couple will be given 24/7 access to the babies, and generally allowed one guest each at a time, according to Frank. Though they likely won’t spend the night, Ashley and Tyson will be involved in much of the babies’ care, including feedings, diaper changing and skin-to-skin contact.

“Our NIC unit is set up with a model to involve the family as much as possible,” Frank said. “Staff will involve them in anything and everything they can.”

Ashley transitioned to hospital bedrest on Nov. 13. The move was a precaution so doctors could more regularly monitor her and the girls. Before that, she had been resting at home following two emergency surgeries in late October to cure one set of the twins diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion.

Less than a week into Ashley’s hospital stay, the couple released the names of their babies.

After eight years of infertility, the Pleasant Grove couple found out in early July they were expecting two sets of identical twins. Nicknamed the Gardner Quad Squad, they have seen support from across the world as they’ve shared their story via social media, blogs and through media publications. The couple’s Facebook page, A Miracle Unfolding-Gardner Quadruplets, has 270,771 likes. For continuous updates, visit heraldextra.com/quads or find the couple on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and at gardnerquadsquad.com.

Keri Lunt Stevens covers Community & Business News in Utah County. Contact her at (801) 344-2556, kstevens@heraldextra.com and on Twitter: @keriinreallife

Keri Lunt Stevens covers Community News in Utah County.

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