I’m delighted to share Katie’s doubly exciting story of being able to birth twins vaginally! About 75% of twins are born via c-section but more and more women, like Katie, are desiring the ability to birth twins vaginally. Finding a doctor who will be supportive can be challenging (let alone finding one who is size friendly). Once that hurdle is over, giving birth vaginally to twins is quite a different experience in the hospital compared to giving birth to one baby.
Labor occurs in a comfortable labor and delivery room but the birth of the babies almost always takes place in a sterile operating room. It’s a big decision and it’s not for everyone but new research is coming out supporting a mother’s desire to have a vaginal birth with twins.
This is Katie’s birth story…
I went in for induction on Monday night, they put in the Cervadil at 8:30 pm. By 3:00 am I was cramping and crabby because my monitors would *not* stay in place on my stomach as I was sleeping, so I got no actual rest. By 5:00 am I was having mild contractions, but the Cervadil stayed in until 7:30 when I was 3cm, then I took a shower and got ready for birth.
They placed my epidural at 8… I had edema so it was incredibly difficult- it took him 35 minutes and a call for backup. I was having contractions throughout and it sucked. My Mom was there to hold me in place and try to keep me calm. It was only about 80% effective and left a window of pain that just so happened to overlap my pulled muscle (yay) they decided to supplement with fentanyl instead of trying again.
My contractions stopped for about 15 minutes. They let me hold Caleb the whole time until I felt my contractions start-up again then I handed him off. I was only pushing for 15 minutes, then my Big Boy John Marshall (2:55 pm 6 lb 11 oz) was born. He cried right away, and after a quick wellness check, my husband held him and handed him off to me.
My husband followed them to the recovery room while I got stitched up (second degree tear nothing too bad) When I went to recovery, I had my extra IV port removed and got to feed my boys.
Twin Mama Resources
- The Happiest Baby on the Block (Not specifically twin related but it is AMAZING. It talks about going back to old ways based on the motherly intuition we tend to ignore.)
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins
- Dad’s Guide to Twins: How to Survive the Twin Pregnancy and Prepare for Your Twins
- Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More!
- My Brest Friend Twins Plus Deluxe Nursing Pillow
- My biggest tip in the end: Find a local twins club. The other moms were and still are my best resource!
I hope you enjoyed this story of a woman being able to birth twins vaginally, however, please don’t feel that giving birth is a competition. Being able to birth twins vaginally isn’t something most women are able to do nor want to do – and that’s okay! Yet, if it’s important to you then connect with a size friendly care provider who is also supportive of vaginal birth for twins.
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