I gave birth vaginally to one twin (in the toilet). The second twin was born by caesarean.

Twins born in toilet

Author: Anonymous Twin Mum

 

Let me just start this by saying I don’t know if I have ever been 100% certain on having babies. My husband and I thought that we would leave things to chance and see what happened, if we didn’t conceive then that was it. Well, little did we know that we would conceive within the first month of leaving things to “chance”!

I guess all the usual things happened in those first few weeks. I took a pregnancy test at home first one was negative, did a second 3 days later which was positive. Went to the GP, had the “I’m pregnant” conversation and was sent for blood tests and an early scan to confirm the pregnancy. I had a conversation with a friend about 3 days before my scan and had a joke saying that I bet that I am carrying twins, we laughed and wrote it off as joke. Well we all know what happened next, we went and had our scan and there were two heartbeats with perfectly defined embryonic structures!

 

28 weeks pregnant with twins

From that point I had a relatively easy pregnancy, although we had one interesting complication at around 28 weeks. I was doing a day trip for work that took me to a regional area with patchy, at best, mobile reception. I’d had a routine blood test a day or two earlier (at this point I was on fortnightly blood tests). Anyway, so I am away having a great old time then I must have hit a patch of service and I got what felt like a million missed calls, texts and voicemails. Stupidly I listened to the voicemail first which was the admin lady from our obstetricians office saying that they were having trouble getting a hold of me (funny that).

Apparently I needed to get to my obstetricians office immediately and to pack a hospital bag as I would be admitted to hospital. Meanwhile I felt as good as anyone carrying twins would feel at that point. Anyway after much confusion and trying to contact them back it turns out that my liver panel had come back with some abnormal results, so into the obstetricians’ office we go……

After they were finally satisfied that I was actually ok and after a repeat blood test I was allowed to go home. Incidentally I tested positive for glandular fever – quite comical now and I know at the time they were worried about preeclampsia but at the time it was a really stressful thing.

 

31 weeks and 4 days pregnant with twins

From that point out we were fine, until we hit 31 + 4 I woke up at around 3 am I think it was and everything was wet – at the time I didn’t think much about it I thought perhaps I had peed the bed (pregnant women do that right?) so I cleaned up and went back to bed (idiot!). Next morning I got up and did my normal routine for getting ready to go to work, except I felt like I was constantly peeing myself. Now I am starting to click on that something might be up. So I rang a friend (who is a nurse practitioner) and her daughter who was visiting, who happens to be an obstetrician. Anyway long story short Twin 1’s membranes had ruptured, and my husband was halfway across the country for work…

From that point I was admitted to hospital and on strict bed rest. I was loaded with antibiotics and steroids and passed through the 48 hour critical window with no changes. From that point it was such a waiting game. Every day was the same routine checks from various people at various times.

 

32 weeks and 4 days pregnant with twins

Exactly 1 week later everything changed, the day started out like all others had, but at about 7 pm I started to have terrible pains in my lower abdomen and my discharge had changed from clear fluid to pink fluid. I knew the drill. I notified the nursing staff, the student midwife came and did a CTG on the babies but couldn’t detect contractions. But I just didn’t feel right, so I called my husband to tell him that he should come in as I just felt “weird” (we lived about 1 hour away from the hospital).

The midwives convinced me that I was constipated and advised me to get up and have a hot shower. Well you know how you think that the midwives should have a pretty good idea at what is happening, so you put faith in them to do the right thing. I got up and prepared myself to have a shower. Well as I was getting ready I felt like I might need to have a bowel motion so I, as you do, went to the toilet. However this is where I stayed, I remember trying to get up off the toilet at one stage but I just couldn’t move.

 

I delivered the first of my twins into the hospital toilet, unsupervised with no one around.

 

At 9:02 pm I delivered the first of my twins into the hospital toilet unsupervised with no one around. From here things are a little blurry, I push the call button the midwives came in causally until she realised what had happened. They quickly took Twin 1 away got me off the toilet and onto the bed.

It was then when my husband came running through my hospital room door. He says that at that moment in time I looked like a ghost. I honestly don’t remember much about leaving the ward and getting to the delivery suite. I remember going into the elevator and then into a room in the delivery wing. From there things went quickly but slowly.

At that point everything about labour had stopped, when they did an ultrasound Twin 2 was high, transverse and had a presenting cord. Our obstetrician (not the same one we had been seeing throughout the pregnancy, but an on-call) said that he could break Twin 2’s waters and induce. We responded with what’s best and safest? Twenty minutes later, at 10:32 pm, Twin 2 was delivered via caesarean.

Twins born at 32 weeks 4 daysTwin born in toilet

Our NICU/SCN journey with twins born at 32 + 4

Both the twins were rushed to NICU – they were on CPAP for 8 hours overnight and remained in NICU for about 36 hours. After that we were moved to SCN (or the fat farm as it was called) where we remained for the next 4 weeks. The stay in SCN had its ups and downs. The twins presented with all the ‘normal’ premmie baby things: issues regulating body temperature; UV light therapy’ caffeine therapy; pictures with Santa’s hand and Christmas etc. We were finally discharged at 36 + 4.

pregnant with twins 32 weeks 4 days

 

pregnant with twins 28 weeks

Life today

There are very few people who know what actually happened to us in hospital, I think that I will struggle with what happened for a while longer. It’s taken me about 2 years to build up the courage to write this, which I have spoken about since joining the Twinfo page when we were still in SCN!

Today we are at the terrible toddler’s stage where life is filled with the joys that are temper tantrums! Many days are filled with laughter, and yelling, but mostly we are grateful that we don’t have persistent health issues from our 32 + 4 babies. We have vague recollections of the past 2 years, and a mild case of PTSD, but we count ourselves as lucky, although there are no more babies on the cards for us one set of twins is enough. Hubby took care of that one…

 

 

 

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cleft lip twins

Author: Gillian Smith

 

We are a blended family. I have had three boys and my partner has had three girls from previous relationships, they range in age from 21 down to 6.

In February 2017 I went on a holiday to Queensland with my boys, I spent a lot of time feeling unwell, I felt as though I had pulled lower abdominal muscles and thought wow it’s been a long time since I went swimming, I felt nauseous because of the heat.

When we returned I still didn’t feel the best, I had at the end of 2016 had a mirena IUD removed and began taking the contraceptive pill, I was convinced it didn’t agree with me, after another month of feeling off I returned to the GP, I had what I thought was a mass in my stomach, fearing the worst I told my GP the pill doesn’t agree with me and I’m not sure that I don’t have something in my stomach.  She did a couple of investigations and instead of the news I expected (a return of cancer from years ago) she told me I was pregnant.  Not just with one but two babies and not just pregnant either, near on 14 weeks.

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Identical Twins born at 34+2. Our story.

identical twins born at 34 weeks and two days

Author: Jessica Belfield

Finding out I was pregnant with twins

I found out I was pregnant quite early (day before my period was due actually). Had some bleeding at 5 weeks.  When I had an ultrasound, they weren’t able to tell us anything at that point.  I had to have another scan at 7 weeks. From 7 weeks I had the most awful morning sickness or more like whenever I ate food sickness or moved or did anything really. Everything was going great.

At 12 weeks, had my next scan, we were chatting away with the guy doing my ultrasound and then his face changed, he’s like hold on a minute. I looked at my husband thinking the worst. He then turned to us and said “Its TWINS”. I laughed, saying you are joking right?? He was like “No, its twins turning his screen to us and pointing them out to us” My husband sat there in shock…I continued to laugh. We found out we were having MCDA twins. Identical twins. Wow. He also explained that could also be why my morning sickness was really bad.

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Born at 28 weeks – Twin Birth Story

Twins born at 28 weeks story

Author: Emilie Upson

Finding out I was pregnant with twins

I found out I was having MCDA twins at my first scan at 8 weeks. The first half of my pregnancy was uneventful. All my fortnightly scans went fine and I found out I was having boys at my 16 week scan. I had my usual scan at 27 weeks 3 days and everything was fine. both boys were still head down as they had been since 13 weeks.

That night I woke up with pains but put it down to the usual stretching pains in my stomach. I had a shower and went back to sleep, that went on for the rest of the night. The next afternoon after spending the whole day in pain I presented to the hospital.  Here I found out I was having contractions and I was 2cm dilated.  I was moved to the birth suite where I had my first round of steroids.  I was hooked up to a magnesium drip for 24 hours, and after the 24 hours I got my second round of steroids and was moved up to the wards.

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Natural and C-section birth story with Twins

natural and c-section birth story

Author: Caitlin Ryan

Even though I was pregnant with twins (DCDA) I guess I just thought in my head I would have an uncomplicated natural delivery. Just like my first baby, but I would just push two babies out this time. That was the delivery option we had been discussing all along in my OB appointments. It didn’t exactly go like that though. The 3 of us ended up in 3 different parts of the hospital post birth………………

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Giving birth to twins. The miracle of birth. 

Giving birth to twins

(Note from Twinfo:  This is the final part of a five part series, where we will follow Nissa’s journey.   The links to the other four parts of her story can be found at the end of this post.)

Author: Nissa Vagg

Giving birth to twins

 

The Miracle of Birth

Two days after being discharged, I went to visit my childhood best friend Zoe. I probably shouldn’t have because I could barely touch the steering wheel, only the very tips of my fingers could reach, but she was cooking me dinner and was going to help me decide which rentals to apply for in Tassie. Dinner was lovely, we found a few houses that looked good, and as I stood up from the couch to leave something popped…. I guess that was the pop I had been expecting, but it still took me by surprise. Water started pouring out from between my legs, and I gasped and ran to the toilet to check what was going on. It was happening – my waters must have broken; the babies were coming. Thankfully we were only 10 minutes from the hospital, and in a blur of apprehension and excitement, Zoe drove me in.

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A natural triplet birth story. Triplets born at 33 weeks

natural triplet birth story

Author: Danielle Lyne

Where to start really?

We had 2 girls who at the time were 3 and 8 months. We thought we would try for one more as we really wanted a boy to finish our family off. First month trying and we conceived. The first ultrasound is one I will never forget. As the wand was put on my belly I immediately saw 2 sacs. I gasped and said ‘oh no’ my ob put the wand back on my belly and then we saw 3. I swore….a lot. All 3 babies looked great with nice strong heartbeats.

My triplet pregnancy story

My pregnancy was pretty smooth sailing. We found out at 17 weeks we had 3 boys. All separate sacs and placentas. We were warned of preterm labour and expected the boys to be here between 28-32 weeks. Week 33 rolled around and here I was measuring 54 weeks and feeling ginormous.

 

triplet belly photo

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I was airlifted to hospital with twins – at 36+4 weeks

airlifted to hospital with twins at 36 weeks

Author: Jess Webster

 

I’d say, not many people get to go in a plane at 36 weeks pregnant with twins. I did. It wasn’t for business or pleasure though. I was airlifted to hospital with twins at 36+4 weeks.

This is my remote area birth story – part two of my blog submissions. In part one, I finished writing at just shy of 36 weeks. I’m here to update on how the rest of it all went and how we are today.

Note from Twinfo:   Please read the AMAZING first part of Jess’ Story HERE before you read this update.

Final OB appointment before being induced with twins

I had an appointment with my OB on the 8th of February. It was going to be my last until I was being induced the following Thursday. I mentioned to her that I was starting to get concerned about Twin Bs lack of movement. She was still moving plenty according to the books but not enough for her if that makes sense. Everything else was looking okay but the OB preferred I go to the hospital and perhaps have a CTG done. I attended the hospital and had two hours of monitoring done and everyone was happy with their heart rates and movements. I wasn’t. Because of this, they decided to admit me. I stayed in hospital that night, had more monitoring done and results never varied much.

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A Natural Monochorionic Twin Birth – A Christian Twin Birth Story

Natural Monochorionic Twin Birth

Author:  Jemma Lichtendonk

I went into spontaneous labour at 36+6 and had a natural monochorionic twin birth. Our boys were both head down and arrived after only 2 hours of established labour.

My husband and I had been ‘training’ for this day

My husband and I had been ‘training’ for this day spiritually, physically and emotionally since we found out we were having twins at our 20 week scan. Twin pregnancy is so full on, especially being so ‘high risk’ with babies sharing a placenta, we prayed for a natural monochorionic twin birth.

On Sunday night we had a long prayer meeting with friends and committed all our fears to Jesus, it was hard, but we had to let go of what we were worried about, especially the timing of when I went into labour.

I feel like I spent most of my pregnancy worrying about pre term labour

Through God’s divine intervention we were able to escape induction talks twice and thankfully, Monday morning at 36+6, less than 10 hours from releasing our fears, my waters broke in bed at 6am. I was so over the moon! We had been told to call an ambulance as soon as I went into labour. My second birth had progressed quite quickly so the hospital staff weren’t interested in mucking around this time, especially not with monochorionic twins. Despite this, I felt totally at peace and knew we had enough time. I had a relaxing shower and prayed over what was about to come!

It was so bizarre being in a delivery suite and not being in active labour, I was pretty much just walking around trying to get things started! Not much was happening, I was being looked after and intermittently monitored by a beautiful midwife who kept very calm.

I had been praying that the right people would be rostered on for our birth.  And this midwife was definitely hand picked by God. At 10.30am a team of doctors came in.  We had a long, serious and scary talk about the need for an epidural again. It was so hard to hear. And quite exhausting trying to respectfully listen to all the risks but also not let the fear take over. The desire of our hearts was to have a natural, intervention free birth, but everywhere we turned we were told it was just too risky and just not possible.

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