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#31 of 40 Old 09-03-2005, 07:54 PM
 
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While I hate to think our story has invoked jealousy...I DO sincerely appreciate your kind words about feeling inspired! And to know it's getting out there is really outstanding.

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Mindyleigh - just curious, but is was the midwife Brenda Capps? I am in CA also and she is the midwife I found that would do it at home and she told me about a twin birth she missed and I thought it might have been yours. I don't know that she will make it to mine, she is about 5 hours away, but we will see!
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Yep, it was Brenda Capps, the only midwife around who would even come near us. :LOL Actually, that's not true. There was one other but she didn't have much breech experience and Brenda certainly had that. I figured, if someone's going to be there, they have to have the appropriate experience with which to be helpful. Otherwise, what's the point?

I have a very close friend who's 38 weeks with twins and is having an unassisted birth. She decided against hiring BC because of the distance factor.

I'm so thankful to hear that twins are still being born at home and coming out of vaginas. I don't mean to offend anyone who didn't have that experience, but it's becoming rare and we, as mommies, must preserve our freedom to birth our children the way we know to be right for us.


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I'm 16 weeks pg. and suspicious that there may be 2 in there. I've opted for an U/S that is just days away. I've been waiting patiently. At first (at 6 weeks) when it first came to mind I was completely freaked out. But after all these weeks of thinking about it, I'm actually hoping there are 2! I water/home birthed my daughter 2 years ago and would absolutely plan a homebirth with twins! My midwife, along with the assistance of another nearby midwife expereience with breeches, will absolutely do multiples. I'm very lucky to have her!

My question for all you lovely mamas is this: Who has WATERbirthed twins and what was the experience like?

(Mindy, I, also, have seen your birth video...very cool! My favorite part: When baby #2 had one leg out for a while and your husband asked you what you wanted him to do and you calmly said "nothing". LOVE IT!)

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Cool!!!



Regarding the situation of distress and resuscitation, this is not a lost cause at home. Midwives are trained to deal with babies who don't breathe right away, and moms who have UCs often instinctively start breathing into the baby's nose and mouth if there seems to be a need. Also, the cord is still intact in a homebirth, providing the baby with warm, oxygenated blood until s/he starts breathing on its own. In the hospital, an intact cord for any length of time after birth is rare.

Personally, I regret being in the hospital with my second baby, who was born with a severe bacterial infection (totally unsuspected and a very rare strain that I passed to him, while personally asymptomatic). We were planning a homebirth but went to the hospital because he came at 35 weeks and it seemed like the best decision at the time. In spite of us clearly saying several times, "Do not cut the cord. Do not cut the cord," the staff clamped it before he even came out of me, then handed my husband the scissors once he was born. "Here. You can cut the cord!" Ack!!!! I guess what we SHOULD have said was "Please do not clamp and cut my baby's cord so that he continues to receive oxygenated blood and his birthright of a complete blood supply." They figured it was just the ritual itself that was important to us.

Then, since he didn't breathe spontaneously, we had a true emergency on our hands. Add to that our 11 day NICU stay and I knew there was no way in heck we were having our babies in the hospital. Even if they needed assistance in the beginning, we could provide that in the warmth of our arms, not while watching from behind glass. Wolfie's experience had a lot to do with our decision-making, mostly since the doctors around here are pretty automatic about c-sections for twins and definitely for breech babies. Didn't want the fight, and didn't want the nursery b.s. Hmm. I feel a rant approaching. Better go.

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Mine were born at home, full term, and both were vertex throughout my pregnancy.
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Just a few quick suggestions - ask your midwife for fetal positioning exercises. During labor I found that on all fours was my best position, at times propped upward with a yoga ball. I found that standing up make everything too intense for me and I felt it happening too quickly whenever I got up. During early labor I found that kneeling on a comfy rocker recliner worked best but ended up eventually on the mattress on the floor for the majority. I could never have imagined that my knees could stand so much pressure for so long, but they did.

Our midwives required that we live 25 minutes from a hospital which we did, barely!

I also had a traumatic first birth ending in unneccessary c-section. That was over 3 years ago and I'm still healing from that emotionally. but for this birth I did everything I could/knew how to, to stay healthy physically and emotionally. Part of that was accepting the fact that a c-section might occur. Another part of it was a healing exercise I did right out of "Silent Knife" that asked you to name 10 positive aspects of your c-section birth. Once I got started I got up over 20 and started to learn to accept it more.

During my prenatal visits, which lasted 2 hours, I never once received an internal exam. God, I hated those!

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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 around 4pm

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.

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I say go for the homebirth. Really rest alot, don't push yourself and follow those diets. I will always regret not having a homebirth. I did develop HB and Gest diabetes, but I was under a lot of stress and was not taking care of myself as a should have, we also moved homes and stayed with my inlaws for 1 year. I have to say my gyn supported my vaginal birth and at 38 weeks they were born in an hour after she broke my water because of HP, it was the easiest birth ever. Baby #2 had low blood sugar and polycythemia, but was fine after treated one was 7 lbs and the other 5 8oz. All the Pediatricians wanted to know who was my obgyn to allow a vaginal birth of twins, they were so happy they came out naturally. I think you will be very happy with your decision, good luck.
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