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#1 of 7 Old 11-30-2006, 09:13 PM - Thread Starter
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This is my sister's twin birth. I'm so proud of her I wanted to share! (and I have her permission)

She was induced at 38wks due to high blood pressure, but mainly the incredibly itchy PUPPS that covered her WHOLE body apart from her face. And it's summer where she is (Australia), so it was just unbearable!

She went into have p/g gel inserted the night before, and they discovered she was 3cms dilated (after being nowhere the day before!). So nothing was done until the next morning.

They went into hospital at 6:40am, and she got a male midwife, which must be unusual! (She wanted to ask him about it, but thought it might be impolite) They monitored the babies until 9:30, when they broke baby A's water. At 10am they started with a little pitocin.

To start with the pain was bearable, but soon moved to horrible pain. She'd been told from the get go that she *had* to have an epidural, in case they had to do a c-section. But she'd asked to wait a while before they put the epidural in. They started to try and get the epidural in around midday - 1pm-ish, but it totally didn't work. So then they put another in - but still nothing at all. They were discussing a spinal block, and my sister thinks she went through transistion around about this time. (she was kneeling next to the bed rocking back and forth through the contractions)

She started to push at about 2:30pm. She said pushing felt just so very much better! It took her a while to figure out how to push effectively, and I'm so glad she didnt have the epidural screwing that sensation up for her (I had an epidural and never figured it out, but that's a whole other story).

After 1/2 an hr the big dr (as in not the resident but the specialist) came in and told her Baby A had decended only 1cm (~.5 inch). He told her they'd give her 1/2 hr more, and then they'd have to do a c-section or try forceps. My sister was SOOO not happy about that! So she was determined to push that baby OUT!

At 3:30pm the dr came back again, and did some things to try and help move things along (she's not really clear exactly what it was - something inside her). She pushed some more (she said it was really hard work ) and at 4pm baby A was born - a GIRL (7lbs 9oz). She was so in love and amazed at her new baby she wanted no part of pushing Baby B out, she just wanted to bond with her baby (and besides she wanted a rest!)

They broke Baby B's waters, and after about 3 non-pushes (my sister was so not into it she says!) Baby B was born - another little GIRL! (5lbs 9oz) at 4:08pm.

She had no tearing, and only the failed epidurals. The male midwife (who had stayed on an hour or so past his shift) got to deliver the 2nd baby, along with the new midwife. They were so excited - apparently they'd never delivered twins - if they are vaginal the big Dr is normally in there with forceps or something. There was a med student also, who wanted to assist - med student had never been to a birth before, but they did let her help hold the baby and clamp the cord.

Both babies are doing well, and my sister is attempting to master tandem b/feeding. So far nothing but b/milk has been near the babies, even though she's finding it a bit challenging. Mother, father and babies are doing great! And this aunt is soooo jealous she can't be there with them!
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Thank you for sharing that story. My dad is a twin and I cannot imagine how way back in the 1950's my grandmother gave birth vaginally to them! I know they used forceps It's always good to hear about multiples being delivered vaginally. It CAN be done!
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Congratulations to them. What a beautiful story. I love hearing twin vaginal birth stories! Woohoo!
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Yay! That must have been such a relief to your sister she was able to do it all by herself with no section. That's awesome! I love hearing about vaginal twin deliveries. Thank you for posting that for her. It so great that she's bf them!
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Congratulations! Thanks for sharing! At the risk of sounding nosy - Wow! A 2-pound weight difference between the two girls? Is everything OK? Congrats again! :-)
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Thanks everyone!

Yes they're doing well. I'm so proud of my sister - she's quite mainstream, and was prepared to give b/feeding a "go." But currently she's pretty much feeding round the clock (with great support from the midwives). She also held off on the induction and epidural for quite some time. She's been dying to get these babies out, and they had pretty much told her she may as well have the epidural as soon as she got to the hospital.

The littler baby is just fine - her agpar scores were great, and she is thriving on her own (no oxygen or anything necessary). They are supplementing her food a little - after a feeding apparently the midwife helps my sister hand express some milk which they then feed to her (my sister was told she had "great equipment" )

Oh, and she's even decided to give CD a try (in a couple of months). I'm going to visit and taking her a bunch. I'm converting her a little at a time
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A huge congrats to you sis! I can totally emphathize with the PUPPPs I had that the first time around, it is agonizing.

Happily Married to my : 11 yrs- Mama to wild-eyed monkey boy 7-04, fiery little girl 4-07, and the happy smiley baby that sleeps 11-09!
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