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twin birth videos and encouragement...

Last post 09-30-2009 5:21 PM by marlenecpm. 8 replies.
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  • 08-17-2009 4:56 PM

    twin birth videos and encouragement...

    First time mom 32wks. with twins.  It was the fertility route that they went to conceive...they had been married for almost 6 years, wanting a baby badly.  :)  we are so happy for her, but her OB is scared...probably due to the lack of experience with twins. she has had them going c-section since wk 28ish...the first baby was breech..eeeek!!!  at this point baby #1 is vertex, but they couldn't see baby #2's  brain in the ultrasound.  they are making it very hard for the momm to relax and enjoy her pregnancy.   the couple feels a bit indebted to the medical community...the mom has a nurse mother...sister had a medical birth.  it is all they know.  

    baby #2 is transverse with baby #1 vertex.   the mom wants articles and good stories of twin births that were vaginally born.  any great links or references?  free videos they could find online?  i looked into the birth of psalm and zoya, but that is $$$.  are there any free ones?

    they are hoping i would accompany them to the hospital for the birth---any ideas to encourage and promote a successful twin birth? 

    thanks

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Laurel
    Happy wife of one fantastic husband
    Joyful mother of 8 wonderful children
    Psalm 111:4
  • 08-18-2009 12:26 AM In reply to

    Re: twin birth videos and encouragement...

     Hi,

    If you check out http://www.homebirth.org.uk/twins.htm and scan down the page a bit there is a whole list of stories and videos, and even a free clip of psalm and zoya's arrival.

    HTH

    Bec

    Me 32, DH 41, DD 2006, DD 2010, DS 2013
  • 08-19-2009 4:27 PM In reply to

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     As long as baby #1 is head down and stays head down until birth, baby #2 can turn once #1 is born. I carried my twins to 38 weeks. Baby #1 was born vaginally with no problem. Baby #2 was doing all kinds of flips (I guess because he had never had so much room!) and didn't want to get head down. After much manipulation by doc internally and a nurse manipulating externally, they finally got him head down and he was born 2 hours later. I'm not sure how many docs would be as patient as mine was...probably wouldn't happen that way in a hospital birth today.

    Hope everything goes well for this mama...twins are definately special!

    Dianne

    Dianne~Doula, mother of 4 and Grammie to 2
    www.douladianne.blogspot.com
  • 08-20-2009 2:47 PM In reply to

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    'indebted' to the medical community?  

     

    There is a clip on youtube of a gorgeous twin birth - I think it is called Danielle's Twin Homebirth.  And www.homebirth.net.au has a good clip as well under the 'twin' section.  

  • 08-20-2009 11:59 PM In reply to

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    Re: twin birth videos and encouragement...

    youtube....I sometimes look up homebirths/waterbirths and recentley found a really inspiring video of at least 20 women all with twins and even a set of triplets it was made to let women know they still have a choice ....its called Natural childbirth of twins and triplets ! It is made by hpnvideo.....I would think that it would be very helpful to her,hope so and good blessings!!!

  • 08-21-2009 1:29 AM In reply to

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    rojaza:

    'indebted' to the medical community?  

     

    Yeah, this is VERY common with women who required medical assistance to fall pregnant.  As is the feeling that because conception didn't go right, birth won't either.  Women who had to have fertility treatments to fall pregnant are far more likely to have intervention during labour and far more likely to end up having a c-section (can't remember numbers, but have seen studies).  Partly because they already believe their body is defective in procreative functions and partly because they struggled so hard to get pregnant that they are far more susceptible to all the "dead-baby" cards that get tossed about by caregivers when you don't toe the medicalised-obstetric-care line.  I know several women who had treatment to get pregnant and had NO pregnancy complications or history of loss and were "allowed" to have antenatal care and WEEKLY scans throughout their pregnancy "to keep the baby safe", followed by a section at about 38 weeks to "avoid the risks of vaginal birth".  It is a big fat lie of course, that women who don't fall pregnant easily can't give birth easily, but it's easy to see how one can follow the other in your head.  Also many couples are so used to seeing their fertility specialist every few weeks during the process of getting pregnant that they feel "dropped" when they go into normal antenatal care.

    It's something i find so interesting as it surely adds to the overall numbers of interventative pregnancies and births that more and more women are seeking medical help to get pregnant...?

    Me 32, DH 41, DD 2006, DD 2010, DS 2013
  • 08-21-2009 5:06 AM In reply to

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     I completely agree, Worstfriend.  Having walked down that road for five years now I am definitely the odd one out because I figure once I get pregnant I have no reason not to believe it will go well.  Very few women in my position are so optimistic, and those of us that are so are viewed as being a bit reckless. 

    Quick example: my sis-in-law went through a fairly lengthy series of treatments and then fell pregnant by surprise, but because of all she'd been through she had a really difficult time believing her body was capable of going into labor.  Didn't help when she did the perfectly normal first time mama trick of going all the way to 41 weeks 1 day.  She went into the hospital for som cervidil, expecting to start pitocin the next morning, but ended up going immediately into active labor and 4 hours later had my niece.  Sounds like her "defective" body didn't really need help after all, but she still believes she wouldn't have gone into labor without at least the cervidil.  She's pregnant again now (another miracle - seriously, this shouldn't be physically possible for her and we are all thrilled!)  and hoping to get things started on her own, but not exactly confident.

    Blessings,
    Aron

    "I AM NOT CRAZY - it's just that my situation seems to require a crazy person."
  • 08-28-2009 5:29 PM In reply to

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    Ladies, ladies, ladies..

    Thanks so much for the ideas for clips on births.    I am sorry to not have responded sooner.   Life at our house is hopping.  

    I haven't gotten to see any of them yet...we are still in the stone age with dial up service for our internet, so i need to wait til i get somewhere that has a speedy connection.  Can't wait to get to pass on the info.  If you come up with any other info speed it my way.

    Best Regards...

     

     

     

    Laurel
    Happy wife of one fantastic husband
    Joyful mother of 8 wonderful children
    Psalm 111:4
  • 09-30-2009 5:21 PM In reply to

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     There are many such videos on youtube. Psalm & Zoya is well worth the price though! I love it, she is my hero!

    My dd had twins 2 yrs ago. 1st vertex 2nd tranverse. born naturally at 35 wks.

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