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<p>For those of you who have delivered twins at home, or plan to, are there any books that you felt were really worth your while?</p>
<p>I need more to read to feel prepared for this birth.  Anything you read that you found really helpful?</p>
<p>Thanks so much!</p>
 

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<p>Does this mean there's nothing helpful out there?<span><img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/confused.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Mothering Multiples</span> by Karen K. Gromada and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Having Twins (and More)</span> by Elizabeth Noble are my recommendations. :)</p>
 

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<p>Elizabeth Noble's book was my bible 20 years ago when I was preggo with my twins. Mothering Multiples I read after they were born and I nursed them long-term.</p>
 

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<p>Can you ladies explain why Elizabeth Noble's book has such awful reviews on Amazon?  And not just a couple - most of the reviews are negative.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Hope4six</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280520/twin-home-birth-mamas-book-recommendation#post_16065968"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Can you ladies explain why Elizabeth Noble's book has such awful reviews on Amazon?  And not just a couple - most of the reviews are negative.</p>
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<br><br><p>No idea, I read it 20 years ago!</p>
 

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<p>I would say read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, read Birthing from Within, read a bunch of books that will get you excited about having a home birth and recognize that at a very base level, having twins is exactly like any other birth, you just have to push twice (but the second one is usually MUCH faster, like a few pushes and you are done). PM me if you have specific questions. I have attended a lot of twin home births.</p>
 

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<p>Zangua, thanks.  I've read those books before, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to read them again.  I'm also trying to read all the twin birth stories I can find, whether homebirth or not, to get a feel for possible scenarios.</p>
<p>Have the twin births you've attended gone well overall?  My midwife has only attended 2 twin births so far (as primary), as she keeps a limited number of clients.  She intends to have two other midwives there to assist, just in case the babies need resuscitation and I need extra help - she figures one per person is a good idea, and she said the other midwives might bring assistants, too.  It seems like an awful lot of people to me, but I'd rather they be around just in case than not there and we need them, ya know?</p>
 

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<p>Hey girl - if you need Ina May's book lemme know - I can let you borrow it. Laura Shanley's website has her birth stories on it (I think?) and while she UC'd, she did birth twins. :) ITA that one per person is helpful, but all the assistants may be overkill and crowded. Otoh, if it helps everyone be more skilled/familiar with twin hb, I think you'll have to weigh that option heavily. Maybe one assistant to all the mw's??  My mw said she was going to bring an assistant this time (she hasn't in the past 2 births I've had with her) and I have to let her know at my next (and hopefully last) appt that that is NOT going to happen. Its all how you feel...</p>
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<p>I'll keep messaging you with twin hb stories that I come across! :)</p>
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<p>~K from FB group... :D</p>
 

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<p>I can't remember enough to tell you why I didn't like the Noble.  In fact, I recommended that my midwife NOT suggest that book any more to women who want to have twins naturally.  (She hadn't read it herself, but the book was recommended.)  I don't recall the Gromeda being terribly helpful for planning to birth twins.</p>
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<p>I've read several stories lately on the UC board about twin birth.  You might find them inspiring.  And I know there are plenty of videos floating around on YouTube about natural twin birth.</p>
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<p>I had fraternal twins, so I really just tried to think of myself as carrying two siblings at the same time.  I tried to NOT think of myself as needing something special because I had twins.  However, twins are not in our midwives' scope of practice, so it meant that I was subject to a monitored pregnancy with a traditional OB.  Had my babies not flipped breech in the 3rd tri, he'd have supported my decision to VBAC them (in the OR!!!).</p>
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<p>Best wishes to ya!  Twins are awesome.  My girls are 16 months now and just a hoot!</p>
 

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<p>Oh, wow, three midwives plus three assistants?  That does sound like a lot.  The need for additional people is a big reason why I am not planning a home birth this time, but hopefully will make it down to the birth center.  My own midwife barely made it last time, and while her partner (who is new since last pregnancy) is closer, the third would be quite a bit farther and most likely would never make it here, but should be able to reach the birth center.  There will also be a student.  This will be my primary's first twin birth, outside of a hospital doula role for previous clients.  Her partner and the third both have twin experience.  But I find myself longing for a simple home birth.  I don't know, it's still possible we may stay home in the end.  We have done UC before, but I think my midwife would come if we called her here.  She was the one who reminded me that I am more educated than most (as a previous apprentice) and would do fine even if no one makes it, when I was freaking out a little about the weather and roads in March, my quick birthing history and the fact that everyone, including dh and the hospital, are an hour or more away every day (plus on his school nights).</p>
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<p>I have the Noble book.  The beginning chapters on twinning and various noteworthy twin histories is interesting, but it is very outdated.  I have the updated 1991 edition.  I haven't finished it yet, actually probably haven't picked it up in weeks.  I like the anecdotes in the sidebar most.  I have another twin book, too, but I picked it up at around 20 weeks and turned to that chapter and it was talking fetal reduction, which instantly turned me off.  I probably should give it more of a chance.  I've gotten more out of internet research than any books so far.</p>
 
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