I'm so EXCITED to find this thread! It hasn't happened yet that I've met any twin moms who birthed at home.
After 40 weeks of gestating (equating to an 80-ish pound pregnancy weight gain!), the twins began their journey out of the womb at 7:30 Sunday morning. The labor progressed quickly, with strong contractions right from the beginning. I walked through our home during this time, groaning and leaning over our birth ball during the contractions. My hubby Alex filled up our birth tub and also tended to Wolfgang, feeding him breakfast and taking care of all the things that happen in a household in the morning. I also called Brenda, our midwife, and Kari, our close friend who we had asked to be at our birth to help out with an extra pair of loving arms.
After an hour and a half of contractions, I headed to the bathroom and knew that one of our babies was descending into the birth canal. Our midwife hadn't arrived yet, which came as no surprise---she was driving in from 3 hours away and the labor was progressing faster than a drive that far possibly can. We felt very calm about that, however, since we had faith in the process of birth to occur normally if left untouched and had planned a UC until meeting her very late in the pregnancy. By 8:55 in the morning, Psalm was born into my arms with his daddy and big brother Wolfie close by. He came out head first and cried just enough to let us know he was okay, but otherwise was very quiet and peaceful as he breathed and adjusted to his new environment.
I clamped Psalm's cord after 15 minutes or so with our only two cord clamps and cut it so that Alex could wrap him up in blankets and take him from me, as I felt our second baby preparing to be born. Kari thankfully arrived between the two births to help with Psalm and to take the pressure off Alex, who was tending to Psalm and Wolfgang and filming the birth all at the same time! I reached in to feel a foot descending, and Zoya was born at 9:22, a footling breech with her feet and legs born first, followed by the rest of her body in less than a minute. Unlike Psalm, she made her presence known with a big show of blood and a lot of robust yelling as I held her and we met her for the first time. We clamped her cord with shoelaces and shortly thereafter birthed the placentas, which had fused into one with two cords emerging from it.
The whole labor lasted 2 1/2 hours. Psalm weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces; Zoya weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces.
I know this is getting long...thanks for reading with me this far.
GREAT FOOD IS VITAL!!! We are a vegan family and believe it is so essential to eliminate refined sugars, toxins, and partially hydrogenated oils from the diet, and to focus on high quality proteins and fats during a twin pregnancy. I ate tons of rice, beans, and good fats like avocados and flax oil. I ate a lot of veggies and greens and paid a small fortune for a wonderful food/protein powder whose name I'm trying to remember...grr. What was it??? I will try to get back with that.
Now, re: homebirth v. hospital birth...you need to give birth where you feel safest. I know I probably wouldn't have been able to make any progress in my labor had I been in a hospital. I was so scared of interventions and surgery, and with her being a footling breech, it would have been a big issue.
Birth so much relies upon an environment of safety. We found one midwife who would help us but she seemed fearful of the process and insisted on other midwives to be with her, as well as a student assistant...that just wasn't what we felt comfortable with. Too many hands in the pot, so to speak. The midwife we asked to be there was extremely trusting in the process and did not even believe in turning breeches, which I felt aligned with. She was right for us. It is such a personal process of finding the right people to support you.
By far, the most empowering part of the process was doing it myself (with God
) I loved reaching into my vagina and feeling Zoya's foot descending. It took a moment to figure out what it was. And then to catch each of my babies...wow. I'm so thankful we did it the way we did.