Breech Twin Birth Without Fear

by Birth Without Fear on March 18, 2013

This is Mallie, a woman who truly birthed without fear.

She moved up from Florida to North Carolina in order to give birth the way she thought best, safely in a friends’ home, naturally with plenty of love and support surrounding her. Β Both of Mallie’s twins were born breech after a very quick labor. Β The birth was attended by a doctor, a midwife, a midwife’s assistant, a midwife in training, a doula and me (birth photographer).

Scarlett Grace and Phoebe Anne weighed in at 7 lbs 1 oz and 7 lbs 4 oz.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Svea Boyda-Vikander March 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Oh my goodness. This mama has the most beautiful labouring belly! So happy she had the birth she wanted.


brittany March 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm

What a beautiful family!! Good job, mama! πŸ™‚


Alicia March 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

That is amazing and what fantastic birth weights! I love these photographs.


Lena March 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

2 boys & now 2 girls! What a blessing! Congratulations!


Kate March 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Amazing!!! Love these pictures, they tell a thousand words. And those babies are divine πŸ™‚


Andrea March 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

What serene trust in birth! Wow! I love this! What a sweet and beautiful way to welcome two sweet girls into the world. Gorgeous photography too. And I love their names! Everything to love. πŸ™‚


Andrea March 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Not to mention, NOT birthing twins on an operating table as is the norm these days (one way or another).


Annika March 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Lovely πŸ™‚ a brave woman πŸ™‚
Looks like two sets of twins πŸ™‚


just me April 15, 2016 at 10:11 am

the boys are not twins- just 2 more of her and her husband’s beautiful babies!


Crystal Hewett-Smith March 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

Fantastic!!! So encouraging to see people birthing without fear, trusting their bodies to do what they were created to do with the help, care and guidance of a trained team and loving family. Another inspiring story! Thank you


TAChatzi March 19, 2013 at 7:58 pm

The big brothers were 2 and 4 at the time of their sisters’ birth! <3


Julia March 19, 2013 at 1:05 am

Congratulations! How wonderful. Beautiful pictures. So thankful to see a team working together to support you and your family for a safe and peaceful birth. What a gorgeous family that final picture brought a tear of joy to my eye. All the best to you and your family.


Kong Choon Yen March 19, 2013 at 4:03 am

This is amazing twin breech birth. Mom and Dada are definitely know their stuff. Truly inspiring and good job to the support team and photographer too. The pictures captured those precious moment. Thank you!


Honorata March 19, 2013 at 5:43 am

amazig photos, what a beautiful family. I would love to read birthstory πŸ™‚


Debb March 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

Fantastic pictures, fantastic story! Congratulations to this truly inspiring, strong, confident Mom and her wonderful family!!


mallie shirk March 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

Thank you all for the amazingly wonderful and uplifting response. If you want to hear more details listen here:


meghan May 23, 2015 at 8:54 am

Hi! What a wonderful empowering experience!!! I am in NC and just found out I’m having identical twins! What Dr attended your birth?? This will be my third delivery and the first two were amazing vaginal birth and want this one to be too!


amanda March 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

What a beautiful family <3 you are AMAZING


Ghada March 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

You are an AMAZING warrior momma! I birthed ONE breech and had to travel from VA to TN to do so. You birthed TWO! Warrior! Respect and love from momma of half a dozen PLUS one breech-ling.


Mia March 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

truly amazing!
I am planning a water birth within a month, and you gave me the strength not to fear!!


Liebling nicht jetzt March 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm

These pictures are awesome. Mallie, what a strong and beautiful woman you are! Congratulations! I had tears in my eyes. I’m so impressed that you had a natural birth with your twins and not a c-section. Did the heads of the babies come first? It doesn’t really look like that on the pictures, but I couldn’t imagine it would work any other way . . . Anyway, well done!


Mama Bice March 25, 2013 at 12:24 am

The babies were both breech – meaning they came out “bum” first. πŸ™‚


Liebling nicht jetzt March 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Really? Well, of course. Now I see it’s even mentioned in the title. I thought about it when I saw the pictures, but couldn’t really believe it. I guess that would be impossible in Germany (where I live), even with only one baby. They would always send you to a hospital for a c-section and especially with twins. Wow!


Nane February 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Just to mention: no, not impossible in Germany but also very difficult to find someone encouraging you to Do so….and with just one in breech it is more easy to find a doctor suppprting you. BUT officially it is Not allowed to birth a baby at home from breech position. Nor are twins – no matter which Position they are in…


peggy vincent March 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Unbelievably amazing. I applaud her faith and courage.


Emily March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

Beautiful!!! My twin boys were born breech at home 3 1/2 years ago. It was a wonderful, empowering experience. Congrats!!


Kat Barron March 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Awesome and so, so beautiful!! What a strong momma, finding a place where she could have the birth she wanted!


Cassandra Woollett March 25, 2013 at 11:29 pm

What beautiful photos. Fantastic story. Wonderful family.


Lana Shlafer April 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I am so glad that this mama had this sacred, amazing birth that she wanted and envisioned. Especially because I know what it takes to give birth to twins at home – a lot of trust and alignment with your desire! Anything is possible!


dawn polley May 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

That was so amazing


Nicole Morin May 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

I am so touched by the love,calm and harmony i can feel in those picture. The babies are so quiet soon after delivery.

I would like to be able to follow the growth of children being born this way . Does that peace and warmth during labor and delivery have an effect on the child’s evolution, compare to a delivery on a hospital maternity room from a mother lying flat on a table in room full of light and noise.


Emily May 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

This warms my heart!


Nikola May 29, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Amazing! Congratulations to all of you and lots of love,


Melissa July 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

So so lovely!! Thanks for sharing.


Cheryl December 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Hi there, I was so inspired by this story! I am having twins and live in the state of Florida. I am looking for the closest place/state that I can have a true water birth within a birthing center or if need be, a hospital. I feel as though I am on a wild goose chase with the research.

I appreciate any and all feedback on states/locations.

Thank you!!!



ginessa February 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

check out See Baby Midwifery & Dr. Brad Bootstaylor in Atlanta. I moved temp. from Orlando to Atlanta to birth my twin boys last Jan. I’m pretty sure the hospital they moved to allows for water birth with twins. <3


jenny August 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

This is amazing I’d never be able to be that strong


Sara February 13, 2016 at 12:15 am

A real privilege to see your pictures. Well done Mallie, and well done to husband/partner (who definitely is a hero). A lesson to all involved in birthing babies, the team who attended all deserve recognition for supporting mother’s choice. <3


Dru June 17, 2016 at 7:43 am

How many weeks pregnant were you with the twins when you went in to labor? Hospitals always try to deliver twins sooo early bc they say it’s dangerous to wait too long but back in the day women had twins at full term all the time. I want to have an at home water birth and I have dreams about having twins & my oldest son was a twin but I miscarried his twin at five months pregnant. I don’t want to be scared in to having a hospital birth with twins bc they say it isn’t safe to wait any longer. This story gave me so much courage and reassurance ! But I am very interested in how many weeks this beautiful mother was when she had them! Thanks for your time! Can’t wait to read your response !


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