Hi August Mamas!
Wow, it is now officially August!
My first post to this thread was on July 10, at which point I was all bragging about not needing a list of stuff to bring to the hospital cause I was having a homebirth. Ha! How things change! At 34 weeks (July 17) my dh and I found out we have twins!
So it was a blissful non-intervention pregnancy until then. Now our choices are unattended childbirth at home or a hospital birth. I am started to understand the stress that comes with having a 'complicated' pregnancy. Our midwife put us in touch with a really good OB, who completely fits the "midwife in disguise"
description. But still, he wants to do an ultrasound next week (our first u/s was when the twins were found two weeks ago) to check on their growth. I just don't see the point. I guess I don't really believe some u/s machine knows more about when the babies should be born than the babies themselves do.
After talking a lot with our OB, I am pretty convinced that I will be allowed to have a 'natural' childbirth at the hospital. But I still have a hard time dealing with the fact that my babies are going to be born into such a yucky (to me) environment. And I am struggling with the conflict of me wanting to believe that I am prefectly capable of birthing two babies, and yet being told by everyone else that it is risky enough that I should do it in a hospital. I am trying to trust that they are strong babies and won't catch any infections while there.
Other than that my pregnancy is incredibly healthy. I think what really helped is that I stopped worked before we started ttc. So I had a few months of really healthy, low stress, lots of exercise (I was really getting into biking, like a few hundred miles a week) before becoming pregnant. Then once pregnant, I was able to rest a lot (and now I know about the two babies, I understand why I really was sleeping an incredible amount) and have energy to eat and exercise well. That is my experience about having healthy twins that no one will suspect until 34 weeks
These are my first babies, and I am 38, which I guess is not helping to make anyone more confident about the birth.
This week I have been reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
which just came out this year. It has birth stories in the first half, like Spiritual Midwifery. (The language seems a bit more mainstream for those put off by the hippy style of Spiritual Midwifery.) The second half has some really great insights on the mind/body connection during labor and birth. The chapter I really loved was 'Sphincter Law': lots of really helpful ideas about how to relax and open up during labor. It has been a very calming book to read to while contemplating a hospital birth. This is the one book I have recommended to my husband! We took a Birthin from Within childbirth class together - I thought that pretty much covered everything else he would need to know
Everyone thinks our two babies will definitely arrive before the edd: 50% of twins arrive before 37 weeks. When I thought we had just one, I didn't care about the edd at all. Now that there are two, and everyone says they will come early, I really would love to have them on the due date :LOL. Every day I tell them they are safe inside of me and that they should stay there a bit longer and keep growing!
I read this thread every few days to see how everyone is doing. It is great to see all the support you give each other. And my heart truly goes out to every mama who has been dealing with one complication or another while pregnant
. Congratulations to the mamas :bf who already have their babes in their arms now! And happy birthin vibes to the mamas
still to cross the bridge!