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post #21 of 47
I'm happy to see you bold "estimated" as whether twin or singleton U/S measurement can be quite off. I had a doula client decide on C/S at 33 weeks because they were measuring more than 30% difference (her OB's freakout rule) and of course when born they were luckily good weights and the SAME EXACT WEIGHT.
post #22 of 47
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Yes, I'm pretty realistic about the u/s weights and how they are only an estimate. I was actually surprised that the u/s tech and the Perinatologist mentioned to me that the numbers could be skewed because the larger baby was measuring very large in the abdomen and since that is such a large portion that is considered for the weight estimate, that it might throw things off.

I was also impressed that the u/s tech measured it at least 3 times, probably 4 times and at different angles. He even went back after we were done with the other baby and measured it again a time or two. He said it wasn't abnormal in size and that all the internal parts looked great, but he was surprised that it was so large.

Also, the smaller baby was measuring longer (arm and legs) the previous month, but still less heavy. Now he is measuring smaller in both length and weight. Hopefully the left side baby will continue to grow at a good rate, regardless of how big his brother will be. I don't care about the size discrepancy as much as his individual growth progressing.

Sorry for the novel!
post #23 of 47
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It's great to see a group of homebirthers here. Twins "risk" me out of homebirth, so I don't know what I'm gonna do. But I'm thinking creatively!
If you really want to do a hb I would keep researching and searching for someone who will attend. Twins risked me out too but I still got a hb in the end after lots of searching around to find someone willing to do it (who we ended up not calling since it happened so fast and my original mw who had told me no did end up being here). If you are persistent it can happen!
post #24 of 47
Deanna, I forget, do they share a placenta?

That is great they are not too worried about it and admit that the measurements can be way off.
post #25 of 47
Thread Starter 
Nope, they do not share a placenta. One is anterior, the other posterior. Both placentas look awesome and the blood flow is perfect according to the doc's gadgets!
post #26 of 47
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Hopefully the left side baby will continue to grow at a good rate, regardless of how big his brother will be. I don't care about the size discrepancy as much as his individual growth progressing.
Maybe you should sleep on your right side.

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Originally Posted by sarahloughmiller View Post
If you really want to do a hb I would keep researching and searching for someone who will attend. Twins risked me out too but I still got a hb in the end after lots of searching around to find someone willing to do it (who we ended up not calling since it happened so fast and my original mw who had told me no did end up being here). If you are persistent it can happen!
Ok, thanks for the encouragement. There are a few folks I can ask. "My" midwife is out of the country right now, but I'm going to see if there's any way we can work together even if I'd need to transfer to push them out. Wish my insurance covered HB. :
post #27 of 47
My mw said that she'd feel comfortable with me birthing the boys at home from 36 weeks on... My boys were born at 39w on the dot, so thankfully it wasn't an issue. Just a curious side note: are you guys splitting up who catches the babies? I caught our first twin, then my husband and i caught our second twin.
post #28 of 47
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Just a curious side note: are you guys splitting up who catches the babies? I caught our first twin, then my husband and i caught our second twin.
I haven't even thought of that! Good question and something I need to talk to hubby and the midwife about. I suppose it will depend mostly on where I give birth, tub or floor or bed, etc.
post #29 of 47
Before the birth DH had said he wanted to catch a baby because he didn't with the first two (he was helping support me in a squat). I said OK but was secretly a little disappointed because I wanted to catch a baby because I hadn't caught my first two. It ended up much better with both of us catching together considering I was standing up over the toilet and needed an extra hand or two.

Here's a pic that shows both catching twin B (and she's born in the caul)
post #30 of 47
That is such a cool pic! And so goopy My baby a was born in the caul but it was really dark in the house and I was in the tub so I didn't really get to see it.
post #31 of 47
My midwife is 36 weeks as well. Some are 37. She REALLY wanted me past 38. I went to 39!
post #32 of 47
My midwife said 36 weeks, but I am pretty sure she said she MAY consider 35 weeks, depending on how things looked at the time. In the end I went to 40 weeks, 1 day so it didn't matter. It sure did feel good to get to the 36 week mark, though! My homebirth felt secure then.
post #33 of 47
PP-are you risked out of hb because of twins or because of vbac twins? just curious.

sarah
post #34 of 47
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PP-are you risked out of hb because of twins or because of vbac twins? just curious.

sarah
Who me? Just because of twins.
post #35 of 47
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Who me? Just because of twins.
Is it illegal in your state? I'm homebirthing twins. (that's the plan)
post #36 of 47
: Lots of us have/do homebirth our twins. Sometimes you have to get creative though to find a provider to make it work. Worth seriously exploring though if it's something you're committed to. It's funny b/c I always believed I'd have twins and I remember saying to people that the only downside of having twins is that I'd have to give birth in a hospital. As it turned out, that wasn't true and thankfully I figured it out and had them safely at home. In my case it was pretty tricky but it was worth it.
post #37 of 47
Having a midwife-attended homebirth with twins was against the law *for the midwife* (not for the mom) in my state, as well as the state to which I relocated where I actually had my twin homebirth. Regulations are regulations, but if you get creative, you can find safe, positive options for your twin birth in spite of the regs.
post #38 of 47
Thread Starter 
Just thought I'd give you a quick update.

Our insurance company buckled! They will add our mid-wife into our network for our homebirth. I don't have all the details, and I know they won't cover her post birth visits, but all in all it's a good thing.

Had another u/s last week. One baby is still huge, the other still small. But both are healthy as far as all the test indicate. I'm a bit worried about the size discrepancy but not too concerned based on the fact that the doctors all say that my placentas look great and the cord blood flow is good.

Wednesday I have my midwife and her team here for my home visit. They go over all the stuff I have, need for the home birth. And the tub will be delivered too (an Aqua Doula).

I'm 34 weeks 1 day today. So the babies need a minimum of two more weeks in the womb before we can consider a homebirth safe. I'm still hoping they make it to 37+ weeks (before 40 if possible)

I'm pretty big now. Fundus was measuring 49cm at my last appointment on Wednesday. Did I mention I'm only 5' tall
post #39 of 47
5' tall and a 49cm fundus.... pictures please
post #40 of 47
oh Deanna, it's so exciting :

sending a happy hug
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