The birth of my boys happened totally by surprise, and very early. In the week or 2 leading up to their birth I had been sick, in particular, with a GI virus that gave me awful poops for daaayyysss. This left me super dehydrated and made preterm contractions start. I went to the hospital at one point because of the early contractions and was put on an IV to rehydrate and given terbutaline for the contractions. I stayed for a few hours, then went home. I was told to just let the diarrhea run its course, and call if the contractions got regular again.
Then one night a few days later, the hubs and I were walking into the pharmacy located at the hospital to pick up some meds, and as we're entering the building, I stop and say: "Either I just peed myself, or my water just broke!!" Uhmmm, say what?!?!
We head directly to the L&D floor, and sure enough, it was a broken sac. I'm admitted and taken care of to try to (a) keep the babies in for as long as possible, while (b) reducing the risk of infection, too-early delivery, and other complications. I was given terbutaline to relax the contractions, and steroids to hasten lung development. The kids are only 30 weeks, 4 days at this point.
I actually had to be transferred to another hospital that could take earlier babies. The one I started at could only handle babies 32 weeks +, so I got my first ambulance ride that night! Settled in the new hospital, we stayed overnight in my new home. I would be stuck in the hospital until I deliver because of the broken sac. It could be for one day, several days, or possibly weeks. My cervix was closed, so we just had to wait and see.
By the next afternoon though, I'm having more frequent and intense contractions, which terbutaline does little to tame. Then we find out the cervix is dilated 3 cm -- this dilation happened in about a 2 hour time span. The doctor suggests an epidural to slow things down, as well as pain relief (of course). I hesitate because I don't want it to lead to the epidural-pitocin downward spiral (my first choice would be to deliver naturally, but I know that there are extra risks with twins, so this is an issue I had been struggling with the entire pregnancy). Finally, after much debate and consideration, I agree to see the anesthesiologist. I take the epidural because the labor is progressing quickly at this point. Both babies are vertex, so I opt for vaginal delivery + epidural so that on the off-chance something goes wrong after the first is delivered, an emergency c/s will be possible without general anesthesia. It was a very difficult choice, but ultimately I thought the risk of having to be knocked out completely in case of an emergency c/s was worse than taking an epi. So, by the time the epidural is in there is NO cervix left. This determined baby is coming out!
I start pushing at about 10:15 pm or so, and an hour later, Baby A is born! I hadn't gone to any childbirth classes yet, but I've seen a lot of videos, and read a lot of stuff, so I kind of
knew what I was doing!
One doctor was there to guide Baby B downward, to make sure he didn't flip around, and he didn't! He slid right out on the heels of Baby A with one push, 5 minutes apart.
Sadly, since they were so early (30w5d) they had to be kept in the NICU. This part sucks b/c I was really looking forward to the immediate bonding and BF'ing right after delivery. But that's life. Their lungs were too immature to be out of the NICU, and so they had to stay there for what turned out to be a grueling six weeks.
But I made the most of the NICU time. I was there for 7-12 hours every day, I kagarooed them all the time, practiced BF'ing when they were ready, and got to be pretty pro at tandem nursing! It was helpful to have the nurses around because they were excellent teachers and assistants at helping me learn how to do it. I also got to learn all about infant care from the nurses and doctors, so I was pretty prepared once I got them home. I never felt clueless at home, like I imagine lots of new parents do.
The best part is that now we have our babies here safe and sound! And they're growing and developing splendidly!
Photobucket of Babies: http://photobucket.com/VilloriaBoys
Anthony & Vincent (little Tony & Vinny).
3.2 lbs, 16.5", and 3.5 lbs, 16.5"
5/21/10 at 11:12 pm and 11:17 pm.