Here's an announcement thread for our birth stories.
Sue..mom to Morgan 5/14/96, Arianna and Brianna 11/12/99
Here;s my story. I went in for my 33 week ultrasound. The girls were breathing alot and their heartrates were fine. However, there was a hole in the amniotic sac and the fluid was leaking on. My OB felt that it would be best if I checked in the hospital right away. I didn't even have time to go home and pack my bags. Luckily, I was able to give dh a list and he went home and picked up everything for me. I checked in around 5pm. My C Section was scheduled for 7pm the next day. Well, my little angels had other things in mind for me. Around 12 midnight, I started with strong contractions. The nurse tried to convince me that I wasn't in labor, but I knew what labor felt like since this wasn't my first time. Around 1am, my water broke. Again, she tried to tell me that it wasn't amniotic fluid I felt, but the gush was unmistakeable!! They moved my C Section back to 1pm. In the meantime, I was hooked up to two heart monitors and a monitor that could time my contractions. Guess what?? I was having contractions after all. Around 1:00 pm, they wheeled me into l and d and put the spinal in my back. Talk about fun!! Tried to bend my huge belly over while they put the needle in my back. Dh joined us a few minutes later and watched the whole thing. I heard the first little cry. Arianna Marie was born at 1:29 pm. After they lifted her out and weighed her (3 pounds 12 ounces), Brianna Mae was born at 1:30 pm and weighed 3 pounds 6 ounces. There were a few anxious moments when the spinal hit my lungs. I started having huge problems breathing. The alarms went off and the head surgeon had to put an oxygen mask on my face. Pretty scary. I got to see my beautiful baby girls a few minutes later before they took them to NICU. Brianna was in NICU for 3 weeks and Arianna for 5 weeks. They are truly a blessing. When I look at them now at 5 years old, it is hard to remember them being so small.
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Sue..mom to Morgan 5/14/96, Arianna and Brianna 11/12/99
The entire pg had pretty much been event free for me. The usual 3-4 wks scans were showing the babies growing nicely with no issues. I had a scan on Thursday Jan 18th (37wks 3dys) and an appt with the OB on the 19th. The scan results had been faxed to him and it showed the babies were showing signs of twin-to-twin-transfusion-syndrome. Because I was pretty much full term for twins it was decided to get the babies out. The scan also showed Baby A was cephalic (head down) and Baby B was flex breech.
I was scheduled an induction for the 22nd. Went in at 4.30pm, checked in, and my midwife tried to kick start things with a dose of prostaglandin gel. I stayed overnight in the hope that things would get going but nada. The following morning (8.30am) the OB registrar broke Baby A's waters and my body responded with a few niggles. Things weren't progressing fast enough so at 9.45am I was hooked up to two fetal heart monitors and given a dose of syntocinon iv. At 10.35 the anaesthetist turned up to administer the epidural. AHHHHHHH bliss! Once that had kicked in the syntocinon was gradually turned up. Finally... contractions at 2 min apart but they weren't big enough. Then at 2.30pm you wouldn't believe what happened... the first of two power cuts - yep 2! Timing is everything, right? Anyway, DH had his head in the books studying for a big check for work so there was nothing for me to do but sleep. At 5.30pm my midwife came in and did an internal and said I was at 10cm. It was at that time that Baby A's heart rate plummeted. My Mum, who was there with us, saw it happen on the monitors. I remember my midwife very calmly saying that she was going to get all the other people who needed to be there (the OB and paediatrician as well as a two midwifes for each baby). What really happened when she left and closed the theatre doors behind her was panic, but I only found that out later. She made a few calls and came back in with us. She was so calm. I would have never had guessed there was a lot of rushing around going on. My OB was at the main hospital and nowhere to be found (Speed by name not by nature) so the OB Registrar was called instead (she had broken Baby A's water that morning). All of a sudden the doors burst open and everyone came in. It was then my midwife said that the babies were in trouble and they had to get them out quickly - and not to panic. She was just awesome and my faith was in her. She had 25 yrs experience so she knew what she was doing. It was all in her hands now (and the team which followed her). I think in total there were about 10 medical staff in the room including a student Doctor (medical student). Boy it got busy fast! Because the babies needed to come out quick, they attached a ventouse cap to Cameron (Baby A) and I was told to push at the next contraction. Yeah right, you tell me when I'm having it and I'll try to figure out where to push :rofl:. Anyway a couple of pushes and a bit of pulling Cameron was born at 6.40pm. He was put straight on my tummy and DH cut the cord. Because of the twin-to-twin, he was born white. I got a little cuddle and then it was time to concentrate on the next baby so he was taken across the room to get checked and cleaned up a bit. On his delivery sheet it says that he was resuscitated with an oxygen bag but I don’t remember when that happened. His apgar score was 7, 8 and 8 and he weighed exactly 5lbs.
The OB Registrar then broke Baby B’s water and because he was flex breech she grabbed him by his feet. We were then supposed to wait for the OB to finally show up (the second baby was supposed to be delivered by the OB). During that time I was asked if it was ok for the medical student to go in and feel what it was like to hold an unborn baby by its feet. I was happy as Larry being on the epi anyway so I said “sure”. So what really happened was the OB Reg couldn’t let go of Baby B’s feet so I ended up with them both in there. TG her hands were small :rofl:… his were another story . Anyway, the OB Reg had had enough of waiting for the non-existent OB so she made the call to deliver Baby B herself. Tyler was born at 6.47pm and because of the twin-to-twin he was red. He was also popped on my tummy, DH cut the cord and I got a cuddle before he was taken across the room to be checked and cleaned up a bit. He didn’t need resuscitation and his apgar score was 9 and 10 and he weighed 5lbs 8oz.
The boys spent half the night with me in my room but around 3am I was told that their blood sugars were too low so they were going to be admitted to the Special Care Nursery (no NICU at our hospital). They were there for 3 days. My midwife did not want me discharged until bf was established. We all went home on day 5.
Wow, I didn’t have their birth story written down so this was great idea. Thanks Sue!
Melissa's Birth Story (sorry it's so long-- I just pulled it off of the birth stories board)
I was scheduled to go in to the hospital on April 8th, 2003 for an induction at exactly 39 weeks. I was having no noticeable contractions, and had not been feeling any at all my whole pregnancy-- thus the scheduled induction. I was scheduled to be there at 6:30am, so at 5:45 I called the hospital to verify that they could still take me in. They could, but told me to wait a little bit and plan to arrive at around 7:00am instead. So Rick and I sat down at the kitchen table and had a light breakfast. At around 6:15, Rick went out to warm up the van, as it was a very cold morning. I was sitting down, tying my tennis shoes, when all of the sudden I felt a POP and water started GUSHING out. I ran to the bathroom, and on the way stopped by my bedroom where Angela (SIL) was sleeping. She was staying at our house to dog-sit Jack while we were gone. I woke her up and told her to go outside and tell Rick that my water had broken. She was so excited that she ran outside on that frosty morning in shorts, her T-shirt, and barefoot to get my husband!
I waited on the toilet for the waterworks to slow down, and then Rick brought me some dry clothing. Once I was changed, we got into the van and were on our way to the hospital. When we arrived, we got checked in and they led me to my labor and delivery room. We got all settled and my IV was placed before the doctor arrived. He thought it was great that my body had decided to have these babies at the same time WE wanted them to come out! He checked me and I was dilated to a little more than 2 and I was completely effaced. Since I was still not feeling any contractions, and the monitor was showing that they were irregular, they began a Pitocin drip to move things along. That was at about 8:30am.
At around 10:30am, I started to feel the contractions. They were in my back, and I felt as if I was having a terrible backache, like I get during my period. At this point, the doctor told me that I could have an epidural at any time, and that there was no need to wait until I was at 4 or 5 cm since my doctor was requiring me to have one anyway. He was requiring me to have one in the case of some kind of emergency happening that would require a quick C-section, or in case a breech extraction would not be possible if the second baby came down the wrong way. So, at around 11:30 when my contractions began to really bother me and become painful, I asked for the epidural.
The epidural was a piece of cake, and once it was placed, I was able to rest and Rick went to go get lunch with my mom who had come to be of some support. The epidural completely blocked out all pain and sensation. It was heavenly! At around 1:00, my doctor checked me and I was at 5cm. He guessed that I would be ready for delivery by 6:00 or so. The afternoon flew by, and he checked me again at 4:00. He finished checking me, and the nurse asked him where we were at, to which he replied, "We're ready to have babies-- you're dilated to 10!" It was so exciting and I was happy that things were moving so fast!
At 4:30 I was wheeled in to the operating room with my husband, my doctor, my labor nurse and one other nurse. I had expected that a whole lot more people would be in the OR, but there was never more than the 5 of us from beginning to end in that room! By this point, I was starting to not feel so great. There was no pain, but I knew that I was probably going to be sick. I did just that just as we got into the OR and I was moved to the table. Once that was over, I felt great and everyone got situated.
I began pushing at about 4:45. Though it was hard, initially, to push well, since I couldn't feel anything, I managed to get the hang of it quickly. After a half hour of pushing, Gabriella Elizabeth was born at 5:16pm and placed on my stomach. The nurses cleaned her up at the warmer just to the right of the table. Once she was wrapped up, she was given back to me to hold and cry over with my husband while we waited for the second baby to come down. Rick decided to go tell all of our waiting family in the waiting room that Gabriella had been born, and came back quickly. After about 10 minutes, the doctor announced that the second baby had indeed come down head first (YAY!) and they brought Gabriella back to the warmer so we could focus on baby number 2!
Pushing the second baby out was harder than the first since I was worn out from the first birth. Things did not progress quite as fast as they had with Gabriella. About 35 minutes into pushing, the doctor began to get concerned because the baby's heartbeat was slowing down considerably with each contraction/push, and he was concerned that she was distressed. He warned that if I couldn't get her out quickly that he would have to help her. The question at that point would be whether he would use forceps, or perform a C-section. Since I didn't want to deal with either one of these options, I ignored my lack of energy and decided that she was going to come out the right way, and quickly!! With determination, and thanks to the wonderful encouragement of my husband, my doctor, and the wonderful nurse I had, I managed to deliver the baby with no help within a few minutes more. Rick cut the cord, and Isabella May was born 58 minutes after her sister at 6:14pm and placed on my stomach.
While the doctor delivered the placentas and stitched up the small tear I had managed to get, Isabella was cleaned up and I got to hold her, too. The stitching-up of my tear was the worst part of the whole experience. Since they had shut my epidural off halfway through the delivery of the second baby, I had feeling back to a small extent. Enough that I was able to feel and experience every stitch. OUCH!
Once everyone was fixed up, we all went to recovery together. Delivery was over and I was so exhausted. But now it was time to try breastfeeding. I attempted to feed Gabriella and all seemed to go well. Before I could get to Isabella, it was time to move to my permanent room. I would have a chance to feed Isabella later.
In all, the birth of my twins was the most wonderful and exciting experience of my life! It went perfect-- I couldn't have asked for a better experience. And the best part was that the girls NEVER left my side until later that night when they went to the nursery for their first bath. I was too tired to go with them, so Rick went alone with the nurse.
We all went home together two days later on April 10th, 2003. And then began the great adventure that was our children!
Thanks for posting this Sue! So much fun reading everyones stories!!
Mines not too exciting. I started with mild contractions around 7pm the night of my 36th week. As the evening progressed they did too. Around 12:30 I told dh and MIL that I thought it might be a good idea to head to the hospital. With my mil being a OB nurse, she wanted to check me so we wouldnt have to waste time waiting at the hospital. I was almost 5. Its an hour drive away from here. Dh and I were in our car and the inlaws and girls followed in their van. We made it there 15 minutes before they did, lol! Dh was going about 80 mphs the whole time and 90 when I was contracting, which they were about 2 minutes apart. When we got checked in, we were in the mind frame that i would have the boys by c/s since thats what I had been told the week before when I was in the hospital with false labor. TG my doc was there, back from vacation. He and the attending talked to me about my options. Letting me know that I could try vaginal or go with the c/s. After lots of thinking, we opted for the c/s. I think we were at the hospital at 2or3 am. I was contracting great and in full labor and at 6 cm. Once we decided on the c/s I walked over to the or room. They did my spinal, that went great. The spread me out on the table like a frog, then dh came in. Everything went well, Wyatt was born 1st at 5:44am screaming and yelling and looking SO little!!! Garrett was next at 5:45am Yelling and peeing ALL over my OB!! I barely got to see him. They were taken into the next room and weighed and all that good stuff while I was having my tubes tied. Wyatt was having some trouble breathing so they both went to the NICU. After recovery, I was wheeling into the NICU on my bed and finally got to really see my babies! OMG, I cant even tell you what that felt like. Its so amazing to see your 2 littles one really for the very 1st time. Wyatt was doing better and was off the oxy, Garrett not so good and was on it. He kept pulling his tube outta his nose. Garrett stayed in the NICU for 1 week, Wyatt and I came home on the 4th day but stayed at the hospital with Garrett the whole time. Wyatt weighed 6pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches at birth. Garrett was 7ounds 3 ounces and 19 inches at birth. I would do it all over again to experiance the pregnancy, birth and parenting of being a twin mommy.
single mama of 4 crazy kiddos
Okay heres mine................Kodey and Kaleb where born here in germany while we were here on our 1st overseas tour. we lived 20 min from the hospital. Anyhow at my 31 week appt. I went in and was asked all the ????Have you felt any pressure? NO Have you felt any pain? NO Anything out of the ordinary?? NO. So she decides to do an internal, and askes me are you sure you haven't felt anything??? Uhhhhhhhh NO!!!!lol. Well she proceeds to tell me I am 4-5 cm and 75% effaced so they decide to send me to L&D. Anyhow we get there and the decision is made to start Mag. and give me the shots of a steroid to help the boys lungs develop. After almost 24 hours and them upping my dose of Mag to the highest amount they can give my contractions ( that I wasn't feeling) stopped. They decided to put me on a med to keep me from having contractions and I was admitted to the hospital since we lived 20 min away and they were concerned since I hadn't felt anything that we may not make it back. Anyway after 7 days of being on the med to stop my contractions I started feeling very weird, like my heart was gonna beat outta my chest. The Dr gave the order for them to stop the meds. The next day I went down for a NST and the babies looked great, the nurse asked if she could give me an internal as I had been off the meds for 24 hrs. Anyway at 32 weeks and 1 day I was 6 cm and 95% effaced and still had felt NOTHING............I was sent donw to L&D and since I had already done the Mag and had the steroid shots the decision was made to let nature take its course. This was at about 4PM on April28th. Anyhow I am having contractions that I was not feeling and was dialating. At about 3am the Dr comes in and makes the joke that we should all have a pizza party as I am way to calm to be in labor.............I was game as it had been over 12 hours since I had eaten........lol. Of course that didn't happen....... alittle while later the Dr comes in says he has to run down to do an emergency D&C and when he gets back he will break the first sac. So he comes back does break it about 20 min later the nurse checks me and says I am 10 cm....( still hadn't felt a thing).....lol. She wants me to "practice" push as this was my 1st. So I say okay tell me when............my next contraction she says push, I did, and she yelled STOP the Dr isn't here yet........lol. I was taken to the delivery room and after 1 more push Kodey Seth made his appearance at 4:22 am on April 29th weighing 4 lbs and 17 1/4 in. They checked for baby B placement and he was still high (like in my ribs)..........so he says either I can break the sac and we can see what happens but if his cord prolapses we'll have to do a section or I can do a breech extraction..............so the dr, reached in grabbed him by his little feet and pulled him out. Kaleb Alan made his appearance at 4:29 am on April 29th weighing 4.5 lbs and 17 1/2 in. They were both in the NICU for 5 weeks and came home weighing 6.12(Kodey), and 7.4(Kaleb). I am sure everyone is ready to throw tomatoes at me sicne I never felt a contraction.......lol. But it gets better I walked into the hospital 12 months and 1 day later dialated to 7......was on pitocin for 1 hour, pushed twice and delivered Cameron Mark weighing 8.5 and 22 1/2 in..................still feeling no contractions......I did have a shot of stadol with Cam.
Amanda~mommy to Kodey & Kaleb 4/29/99,Cameron 4/30/00,Cheyann 10/14/03, Cole 11/16/07, and Alli 09/30/11
What a great story! Now if only every woman could have babies that way .
Love ya Amanada! MMMWWAAAA
OMG... you had no drugs and they did a breech extraction??? DIDN'T THAT HURT????????????
I'm with Esther... I wanna call you a name, too! :rofl:
Melissa.................I ummmmmmmmmm didn't even feel it. In fact the Dr was being cute and while we were all watching on the ultrasound he grabbed Kalebs hand and waved at me and said Hi mommy, I'll be here soon..........lol. AMANDA
Amanda~mommy to Kodey & Kaleb 4/29/99,Cameron 4/30/00,Cheyann 10/14/03, Cole 11/16/07, and Alli 09/30/11