Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: In the middle of it all, NC
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My second pregnancy was twins and they were my second homebirth. I didn't use any care other than a midwife so it was 23 weeks before I got an U/S to confirm twins.
I went into labor at 38 weeks (on April Fool's Day, so fitting) I labored through the day and went from 5 cm to 8 1/2 cm then my contractions petered out like they do in all my labors. So we waited a week, twin A kept moving and wouldn't keep her head pushed down far enough. Finally she was in a good position, I'd stayed steady at 8 1/2 cm for the week and we decided to use herbs to induce labor. I'd been contracting the whole week but nothing would turn into anything steady. By 39 weeks I was exhausted, not sleeping because the babies were so big and I was peeing every 5 minutes! We started the herbs early in the morning then broke baby A's water, she slipped out pretty quickly. I gave birth to her standing up holding onto my bed.
This is when it got interesting. I nursed baby A for a little while and had no contractions so we had to come up with a plan to get things moving for baby B. She had been in a horseshoe position over baby A for weeks so we figured she would be breech but she came head down. After an hour or so of waiting for her to come we decided to do more herbs and break her water. All in all it took 6 hours and 40 minutes for her to be born. Probably the longest 6 hours of my entire life and to be honest not something I would ever want to do again. It was very, very stressful and constantly wondering what would happen if I needed to transport. Midwives are currently illegal in our state. She finally came and sucked up some fluid in the process. Had a hard time getting started but was totally fine once she got some air pushed in.
I've had all of my children at home, my 1st dd, the twins, my 4th dd, so I'm definitely a homebirth activist. I'm pregnant with my 5th (hopefully not 6th also) and I will be homebirthing again, but I've often thought would I have twins again at home? Here's what I've decided about that. I would never induce at home again. I think if left alone they would have come on their own within the week and it would have gone a lot smoother. I carry babies longer, my first was 5 days past dates and my 4th was 41 weeks so I would most likely have twins at home again but do things differently. I think that knowing that I was 8 1/2 cm was the reason that I pushed to get them out but it really shouldn't have mattered.
I hope you find this helpful and that you are able to make the right decision for your babies and your family. I know what a hard one it is.
Mama to 4 girls and forever missing Bright 6/12/10. Married to my best friend and dreaming of the day we leave the city for