Mine were vaginal at 32 6/7 weeks. Both were heads down. I was given magnesium to try and hold off the birth for 48 hours. It didn't work. I was having monstrous contractions every fifteen minutes. I kept thinking "I can't do this for 48 hours, I'll be exhausted by the time I give birth." Then I had the urge to push. They checked me, and I was at 10 centimeters. Strangely (this was a hospital birth, needless to say) they left me alone in the dark (my husband had gone home to let the dog out and missed the birth) while they got the OR ready. I honestly think I "got away" with a vaginal birth because they didn't have time to get ready for a c-section (though the threat of general anesthesia was there, the doctor mentioned it). Despite the fact that I gave birth in a brightly lit OR, stranded on my back, pushing uphill, the births were incredibly easy. One push babies. They were small: 4.4 and 3.15. And I was terrified. And my midwife, who I saw throughout the pregnancy, on the sly after we knew it was twins because homebirth is illegal in AZ, had told me about something called, I believe, the fetal ejection response. Basically, a threatened mom "ejects" the babies. That mom was me. By the way, it pays to labor in silence when you're in an unfriendly place.
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5/15/07 at 3:39pm