Holy. Fudge.

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Holy. Fudge.

I knew from the start of the whole twin thing that there was an 80% chance of my having a c-section and that number went up and up and up until it was a sure thing, let's schedule next time. So, whatever, I was fine with a c-section. Just get the babies out.

Then today's appointment.

Holy fudging shoot. They're vertex-vertex, lined up and ready for a VAGINAL birth.

Ok, that's great and all, ideal birth, blah-di-blah. But WHAT THE HELL?!? I flipped. "But doc, I don't know anything about babies coming out of a vagina!" "Well, you're gonna have some of those."

Seriously, you guys. I know nothing. This was hardly ever a possibility! The hospital told me not to sign up for birth class!

My OB is certain they won't try to make their way out in the next two weeks so I don't even have to go in next week. But come 35 weeks they're not stopping labor.

Holy fudging shoot.

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Eek! Get to studying! I have a book on pregnancy childbirth and newborn by penny simkin I believe it's mostly a childbirth preparation book. I found the info unit helpful to prepare for birth.

It doesn't sound like you're too thrilled about a vaginal birth but I'm really excited for you!!!!

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It's ideal, I know. Of course it's great. But also I feel like I'm on an episode of "I didn't know I was pregnant" or something. Like what? I have maybe two weeks to learn about this? I mean, yes, people have been having babies forever. I get it. I'm not the first. Nor am I the first with twins. But they're MY first! And there are two! And also I hear it's a lot better when you're in shape and I've been on bed rest for the past million years and also I'll have to do it TWICE IN A ROW!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:(with some hysterical smilies thrown in):ROFL::ROFL::ROFL::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

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I can't say I know how you feel, so I won't Smile I'm sure, though, that it must have been scary to hear, after all the time of C/S talk, you are kind of the opposite of someone who has been expecting a vaginal birth and then was told they'd have to have a section. Sometimes with less warning than you! Lol.

Anyways, I'd call your hospital and see if you can get an "emergency" spot in a birthing class, not really sure what kind of classes you have there, the one that we had to take at my hospital was only a 3 hour, one night class where they basically just told you what to expect in labour, and some ways to deal. It wasn't like a Lamaze class, or the Bradley method class or anything.

Read up as much as you can, and go for it!! What a great story you'll have to tell afterwards Smile I don't think a lot of people have the chance to deliver twins vaginally. My friend tried, but ended up with a section after she didn't progress.

Good luck!!

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Even if your not totally prepared for vaginal birth the nurses and doctors will help guide you along the way. My sister never took a class or read up on childbirth even though i told her to look into it for her own benefit and she was able to get the job done. Also my nanny never took the class either. Lots of people don't take the class and for some maybe its better they don't so they don't worry too much about the what it's and just go with it. KWIM?

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"buildingthedream" wrote:

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I can't say I know how you feel, so I won't Smile I'm sure, though, that it must have been scary to hear, after all the time of C/S talk, you are kind of the opposite of someone who has been expecting a vaginal birth and then was told they'd have to have a section. Sometimes with less warning than you! Lol.

Anyways, I'd call your hospital and see if you can get an "emergency" spot in a birthing class, not really sure what kind of classes you have there, the one that we had to take at my hospital was only a 3 hour, one night class where they basically just told you what to expect in labour, and some ways to deal. It wasn't like a Lamaze class, or the Bradley method class or anything.

Read up as much as you can, and go for it!! What a great story you'll have to tell afterwards Smile I don't think a lot of people have the chance to deliver twins vaginally. My friend tried, but ended up with a section after she didn't progress.

Good luck!!

Yeah, I don't think it's the same at all considering people usually do quite a lot of preparation for vaginal birth. You're even suggesting it! Also, no, I'm on bedrest. I can't go to a birthing class.

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A lot don't take the class- some of the books have great info in them. I have been reading up on labor signs and how to count contractions as my c/s date is only 3 days before my due date and I want to be prepared to know when to go to the hosp. Last class I took was 13 years ago! You can find lots of info on-line.

My sil delivered her twins vaginally and everything went really well for her and one baby was over 6lbs and the other over 7lbs. I am sure everything will go well for you and the hospital staff will be able to help you out.

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**HUGS** You have made it this far and you will definitely make it through birth whether it's vaginal or c-section. I didn't read a single book or take a single childbirth class and my daughter made it here unscathed and so was I. I just want to offer some words of encouragement. You got this!!

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Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wow I don't blame you for freaking out. I'd be freaking out all over the place, hahaha. Wow!!! Well, I would definitely send someone to the library to pick up some books so you can get to reading. Or if you have some mothering and babe centres in your town, like the ones who offer classes and such, sometimes they have libraries and will have books to loan out focused on natural birth, if that's what you want. If it's not and you go for pain meds, I am sure you will get lots of great coaching from your docs on how and when to push, so you'll be okay!! Well you'd probably get that either way anyway!

Well as scary as it is, at least your recovery will be easier and faster!! Good luck mama, you've done such a great job growing those babies I am sure your body will do a great job getting them out too! Smile

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That's great that they're in a good position! I never took a birthing class with my first, and Amanda is right. The nurses are going to tell you what to do, you'll be fine!

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my cousin had TRIPLETS vaginally!!! I was sooo shocked!!! I thought for sure she would have a c-section.

You will do just fine!!! i hope you have a laptop in bed for some reading up Smile

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Congrats!! Smile One of our mom's on the October board just gave birth to twins vaginally and no drugs!! If you are planning on having an epidural then honestly you don't really need to go to classes. Just read up on childbirth either online or find a good childbirth book if you feel you need it. I didn't take a childbirth classes with my first since I was planning on drugs anyways and everything turned out great. My 2nd though, I took a 5 week course since I decided to do it drug free. Good luck!!

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Thanks, guys. It would for sure be in an OR with an epidural.

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If it makes you feel any better I read all the books and took the classes. As soon as labor started, I forgot EVERYTHING! So it's a waste anyway Smile

I must say you impress me more everyday! It's like you were born to be a mommy to twins!!

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Wow, that's so awesome! You can do it Biggrin

I'm going to share with you one of my favorite twin birth stories: http://verylana.blogspot.com/2011/06/one-extraordinary-birth-six-days-of.html they were born 33 hours apart, vaginally! Pretty awesome what our bodies can do Smile

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Sheila that is wonderful they are both head down!!!! Honestly just get out your baby book and read a little bit about contractions, effacement, dilation....and the rest just comes to you. I didn't take a labor class or anything like that but everything really just does come natural....and when you push just push like you have to take a big BM. You will be fine, there will be nurses and doctors to help. You are not doing it alone and they will be monitoring you very closely I am sure.

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It definitely comes as quite a shock when you find out that things might go differently than you had planned all along. But, I'm sure you will be great!! And yes, if you give birth vaginally, you will recover faster and that will mean more time with your precious little ones. At the same time, I'm sure it's scary. Hugs! :bighug:

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Congrats! You'll be fine-- the important thing is to go in with confidence, and you'll be awesome. Biggrin Get some good reading in, to find out what a wide spectrum "normal" can be, and you'll be able to roll with it, no problem. We're cheering for you!

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"triplespiral" wrote:

It's ideal, I know. Of course it's great. But also I feel like I'm on an episode of "I didn't know I was pregnant" or something. Like what? I have maybe two weeks to learn about this? I mean, yes, people have been having babies forever. I get it. I'm not the first. Nor am I the first with twins. But they're MY first! And there are two! And also I hear it's a lot better when you're in shape and I've been on bed rest for the past million years and also I'll have to do it TWICE IN A ROW!!! :

LOL! My good friend was on that show- it aired two weeks ago!

Anyhow.... It generally takes less time to recover from a vag delivery, so that is one plus! And the second one SHOULD be 'eaiser' then the first. As for not having the classes, the nurse at DDs birth was impressed I had taken one. She said most women come in not knowing a darn thing- literally. There are some good books out there that can explain the whole 'station' things and such.... or just look on line, I am sure you can find everything there! I know it is hard when your plans change, but YOU WILL BE FINE, I am sure!!!

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That is so awesome and incredible! I know labor can be scary no matter which way you go. Your body was just SO made for this twins thing! I'm really excited for you!

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You can do it Shelia!! It will be so amazing! This is what we were made to do Smile Be one of the few, the proud....NO, not a marine! A mommy who delivered twins silly!!

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I had my twins vaginally 6 years ago and it was amazing! Your body knows what to do, so don't worry! My guys are 13 minutes apart. Sounds like a lot, but when you are in the middle of it it goes by so quickly! Good luck! Smile

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FWIW preparing for my first birth consisted of some googling and reading birth stories on here LOL I'm just no a classes kind of gal - I figured I'd let my body do its thing. And everything was fine! The nurses help, the docs help, and your body knows what to do! But I'm sure it is a heck of a shock!

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Thanks again, guys! Smile

Yesterday's vaginal birth news shocked me a little like that time in April when I fell off the toilet seat after I realized the digital screen wasn't broken on the pee stick and that it indeed said "Pregnant." Or kind of like that time in June when I laughed hysterically with some tears forming when the OB passed the ultrasound thing over my belly and TWO blobs appeared on the screen.

Yup, I'm starting to get the theme of unpredictability here...

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Since I'm a FTM too I don't have any advice but wanted to say I'm sure it'll be fine Smile

If you really want to take a class you could call the hospital and ask if they have anyone that would do a private class in home or maybe your doctor knows a good L & D nurse who could come to you...

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Awww I would be so excited if I were you though!! That's so great that you're an exception to the rule, in being able to deliver your babies vaginally! The thought of a c-section scares the hell out of me, even if it would be planned and needed! Like the other girls said, just get to studying up and you'll be just fine! I'm so happy and excited for you!