Morgan: 6 lbs., 5oz.
Brooks: 6 lbs., 12oz.
“They were reluctantly born at the hospital”
Mother’s height: 5’9”
How was your pregnancy?
Really good, aside from the huge ankles at the end and how the weight makes it difficult to move with full term twins.
How did you feel about your upcoming birth?
I was nervous about this birth because I had 3 children already, 1 born in the hospital with a midwife and the other 2 born at a free standing birth center. So the idea of going back to the hospital was scary, and the way they see twins as high risk. I was also nervous because Brooks, my baby B, was always moving into a different position and as the due date approached that would be a factor at delivery. Luckily, my midwife from the Birth Center has twins and was able to recommend a practice that had natural births at the hospital.
Description of your birth experience:
I think the birth of my twins was awesome! My previous boys had ranged in birth weight from 8lbs 4oz to 8lbs 14oz, so I knew I could give birth naturally to twins. None of my other labors had ever been fast, these babies were in a hurry. I got up about 5am realizing that I was in labor, so as I got ready to go I knew it was going a lot faster than it had before. After someone arrived to watch our three older boys we rushed through morning traffic to the hospital- over a hour drive. I knew I was close and I had even had dream before about have one in the car.
So we get there at 8:30am and we are greeted by the midwife who gets us to a room, the doctor comes in and they want to do an ultrasound to check the positions, Baby A is vertex and Baby B is transverse. Baby A was so low that his arms were on the screen where the doctor expected his head. Then the midwife asks if she can check me, and she discovers I am at 9 1/2 and then everyone starts running around and getting scrubs on.
The doctor recommends that twin moms have an IV just in case, I refused. Hospital policy said that twins have to be born in the OR, just in case. So while in labor I won’t lay down, I am just sitting on the bed until they wheeled me (sitting) into the OR. I had a small fit about wearing the blue hair bonnet because in my mind that meant surgery. So when we got in there they told me that I could start pushing at anytime, which I started on the bed in the hall. So I declared that I was going to stand up, the midwife suggested maybe hands and knees on the bed, I said nope I need to stand. So she said, and asked for a pillow to put under me. I pushed for 5 minutes and Morgan was born at 9:20am. Then they had me get back on the bed to turn Baby B into position, the doctor asked us which way, my husband chose breech.
The doctor had told me before that he liked to get pitocin between babies to keep the contractions going, but the midwife noticed they were continuing so I avoided that too. So he turned the baby and started to guide him out, as I tried to get up again and almost kicked the doctor in the head 3 times until someone told me that I needed to stay there for this one. So one good push and Brooks was born at 9:30am. Twins born without drugs and without surgery, and we were home by 7pm that night with our family.
How did you feel after the birth (first month)?
I felt really good and proud of my birth because so many woman are told that they have to have c-sections just because they are twins. I hope I did my part to change that mentality. I know I changed the view of a lot of the staff at that hospital, they were still talking about it from shift to shift the next day.
How did you feel six months after the birth? One year? Now?
Now they are 16 months old and I am very happy to do without a c-section recovery. I think that is the last thing someone with 2 babies needs.
What did you learn from this birth?
I learned that if you stand up for what you believe and what you have researched you get more of what you want and less of what others want for you. At 35 weeks, when I had an ultrasound and the doctor told me Baby A was head down and Baby B was breech that I would have to have a talk with my doctor about options, I knew my options. I told that doctor that I was a good candidate for a breech delivery with it being baby B and 3 previous 8lb babies, I would be fine. And then he agreed, shocking.
Any words of wisdom to impart?
Do your own research. We spend too much time just listening to doctors because they are doctors. If you are having twins, you can have a natural birth and gain plenty of weight so you can have nice healthy babies.