Well, that's changed my plans a bit....

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Well, that's changed my plans a bit....

Hi everyone!

Part-time member and part-time lurker here....in a bit of a shock!

Was planning on (and had booked) a home birth with midwife....just found out I am having twins!!! O.M.G. I have no idea how this will fit in with my plans....

Anyone with any helpful advice about natural birth and twins??

Thank you!!

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if you have a MW who is willing/able to be there for twins, I don't see an issue with it. I think someone here had a twin HB but i dont remember who. I would do it. I think alot of it depends on baby's position when you go into labor. If baby A is in a good position then it will clear room for baby B to get into a good position once A is out of the way. I think alot of it depends.. I know in my state, MW are not allowed to attend twin deliveries. so that may factor into it, some i suppose would do it anyway, but not all of them.

Congrats on the twins! How exciting for you.

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Congrats on twins!! I know twins would risk me out of my birth center but that changes per location and midwife. I know a woman who had a natural hospital birth with her twins. They were born post 40 weeks at 7+ lbs a piece (parents were giants)! If she can do it, you can do it!

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Congrats! Twins are so much fun. My boys will be 10 at the end of this month. Erika Archer had her girl twins at home about 2 - 2.5yrs ago. If I were to have twins again, should all go as it should I would have them at home. Congrats again!

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Congrats on the twins!!!

I was around for Erika's twin homebirth. I know she had a lot of obstacles, but she did it! If you're interested in reading her twin home birth lodges, they're here:

#1 http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=11871
#2 http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=13020
#3 http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=13458

She had three lodges for the one birth because they got sooooooooo long! So enjoyable and informative to read though!

Joined: 03/22/07
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awwh thanks you guys!

I am in New Zealand so don't have to worry about risking out for my midwife as she will continue to be my lead maternity carer. But may risk out for homebirth, which is a little stressful considering I used Hypnobabies and had DD2 at home last time following a bad first labour experience....need positive thoughts!!!

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OMG Jules! Wow oh wow! Super congrats to you! I'm so happy for you.

Erika did have hers at home-- it is technically illegal here, but she found a qualified midwife to attend.

Yay-- you'll be a momma to four just like me. Woot! I'll be thinking great thoughts for you.

Congrats, again, my friend!

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Congratulations on your twins!!

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Congratulations!!!! At least you'll definitely keep your midwife! Keep us posted on what you find out!

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Wow, congratulations! Even if you don't do the whole Hypnobabies program, you my wish to use the track to prevent pre-term labor and the twins CD. Here is the twins page on Hypnobabies:

http://www.hypnobabies.com/mylink.php?id=5863

Here is info on international shipping:

http://www.pregnancybirthandbabies.com/international_shipping.htm

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I hope you can get the birth you want, we share a board right now, and I've congratulated you there, but congrats again, so exciting.

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Thank you for your support!

I don't think that they would (could) totally stop me having a home birth....but since I had a fast birth with dd2 and a grade 3 tear.....it might.....make things difficult.

Need to do some research!

Going to start reading Erika's story!!!

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Here in California, if you don't risk out of homebirth for other reasons, you can homebirth twins as long as you have an extra midwife. You have to have one midwife for mom, and one midwife for each baby. When you hire a midwife for yourself, the cost includes a second midwife to be present at the birth to care for baby. With twins, you have to hire a third midwife for the extra baby. Some midwives will give you a break on the cost for being the third midwife since they don't have to do any prenatal or postnatal work, just show up for the birth, others won't because they can't take a "full paying" client due to setting aside time for your birth. So sometimes it comes down to money, sadly.

Also check out Nadine's (MontysMom) birth lodge for her twins. She had a natural hospital birth. I have no idea how to find it, maybe someone else can...

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OMG! Congrats on your twins, Jules! I hope all goes well and you get to have another homebirth!

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"Spacers" wrote:

Also check out Nadine's (MontysMom) birth lodge for her twins. She had a natural hospital birth. I have no idea how to find it, maybe someone else can...

here it is: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=13021

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Thanks for that...got lots of reading to do!

Fortunately all my maternity care is free as I am in New Zealand so cost isn't a factor for me! Just getting my head around all the options.....

I need to see an OB at about 24 weeks for a check and then back to the midwife for the rest of my care. It all depends on baby positions I guess, but I am going to need all the information I can get my hands on!

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Just wanted to wish you luck in getting your twin homebirth.

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Good luck and I look forward to following your birth experience!

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Congrats on your twins! You should find out about what your MW will do for you at home. I'm in CA (like Spacers) and my HB MW has delivered a few sets of twins. Totally get all the info you can.

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Congrats on the twins! I hope you are able to have your homebirth.

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"kiwi_babe" wrote:

awwh thanks you guys!

I am in New Zealand so don't have to worry about risking out for my midwife as she will continue to be my lead maternity carer. But may risk out for homebirth, which is a little stressful considering I used Hypnobabies and had DD2 at home last time following a bad first labour experience....need positive thoughts!!!

That's great that your midwife can stay with you for the entire pregnancy. As far as having to possibly birth in a hospital - I was able to have a successful Hypnobabies birth in a hospital setting - so it is possible!!! Keep thinking positive and congratulations on twins!

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Wow, congratulations!

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Wow!!! Congratulations, Jules!! That's so EXCITING!!!! KUP on what your midwife says about homebirthing and twins... I loved my homebirth experience too and hope you can have it the way you want too. WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO.. TWINS!!!! Smile