Well, I never did get around to posting my birthing story so I guess I'll just try and post it now. It may be a bit of a ramble though so sorry in advance.
I gave birth to my twin boys Charlie and Sam at home in a birthing pool on the friday 21st July '06 when I was 38 weeks +3 days.
My midwife had VE'd me on her visit the monday before, I was 4cm, fully effaced and 0 station, so she gave me a sweep. The next morning I had a small show, but no contractions. I continued to loose fluid over the next few days, I thought it was amniotic fluid but according to some litmus paper tests I had, it wasn't. My midwife said it was probably still my cervical plug.
On the thursday evening and through the night I had irregular contractions, but knew something was definitely happening. In the early hours of friday morning things picked up, and when I got up around 7.00am I called my midwife, and told her I thought she should come now. I was a little scared she wouldn't make it in time if I didn't give her plenty of warning as she lives around an hour away from us, and she had told me twins quite often come quicker than a singleton.
At around 7.45, M arrived who was assisting my midwife and had been my original midwife but had referred me to K as she wasn't experienced with twins. K arrived shortly after and also her apprentice not long after that. Most of this time I had been using my birthing ball and contractions where manageable and still a little irregular. Once K arrived we began filling the birthing pool, she examined me, I was 7cms, she ARM'd me, I had wanted totally no interventions, but agreed to the ARM to get things moving.
I got into the birthing pool once it had filled and laboured in there, a couple of things spring to mind now that were pretty distracting at the time, they are: I know they are very busy midwives, but the ringing of their cell phones was annoying, and having the torch shone at me every now and again was a pain too, though I know it was necessary. Everything went smoothly K took FH once or twice and all was well. My memory on the details is a little foggy, and I must get a copy of my labout/birth notes.
Twin A, Charlie (7lbs 4oz), was born at 12.02 pm after 20 minutes of pushing, he was LOP, and did this really weird thing with his head when it came out, he started turning his head from side to side, and it just looked very funny and I was very aware of it. With the next push he was out, he was nice and pink and healthy.
Twin B, Sam was born at 12.14pm (7lbs 8oz), there really wasn't much rest between the birth of C and the start of contractions to birth S. I was just getting into cuddling C and they started right up, Sam's birth was very strange just two pushes and he was out. But it felt like the pushing was totally involuntary, like something took over me and he just shot out. He was a bit shocked about that and didn't want to breath to begin with, but K gave him a breath and he started up straight away. Once his cord stopped pulsating it was cut, but I was still having very painful contractions. So strong in fact K got her doppler out just to check there wasn't a number 3, but no, I had really excruciating after pains, which I never had with number 2 or 3, but I guess my uterus had alot further to involute.
3rd stage didn't take to long, but after I started to bleed A LOT, my midwives wanted me to pee, but I couldn't stand up without almost passing out so I couldn't use the bathroom. I felt very very cold, was wrapped up in towels on my bed, BP was low but still managing to nurse both babies. I was still bleeding a lot so was given a shot of pitocin, and a little while later a methergine pill with another 7 hours later, did lots of massaging of my uterus too. M tried to catherterize me but it was too painful with being swollen etc. K left a little after her apprentice around 3pmish, M stayed with me until I finally managed to pee on some towels on my bedroom floor
I was weak for a few days after and very pale, but was well taken care of by my lovely husband, and my sister who stayed with us for the next month. I'm sorry it's a bit vague on details in places, I really need to read my notes, have also added a couple of photos of my baby boys.http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a93...s/2eddc95a.jpghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a93...6/DSC00022.jpg