Vaginal Hospital Birth of TRIPLETS

by Ruthiepedia on April 18, 2013

Triplet pregnancies can be absolutely terrifying. You feel so out of control. There are three little lives growing in your belly and you are told by all your doctors and OBs all the risks and all the dangers, you begin to feel like you are made of glass. Please no TTTS, please no preterm labour, please let my babies survive and be healthy. Each day was frightening, and each day was a milestone.

It was at the very beginning I was told that I only had a 30% chance of any ONE baby surviving and I’d be lucky to make it to 24 wks, and if I did, they’d monitor me till my body packed it in and then they’d (their words)” cut them out of me.” No idea what that old midwife wished to accomplish by saying that, but it simply terrified me!

I went home and started researching.  All I found was c-section YouTube videos. I searched for weeks, and cried each day. I was horrified at how early they’d come and the medical procedures and intervention they faced in their first moments on earth. So I just kept looking. I knew I needed to let my babies cook as long as they could, and birth my babies as naturally as I could, so they had the best possible start to life. I wanted to give them the same beginning as I’d given my three boys. So I Googled, and joined forums, and asked questions to everyone I could find with a hand full of answers.

I joined a group for triplets, one that was Australia based, it was there that I found a few vaginally birthing triplet mums and I found another pregnant mum who was as committed as me. We found that any posting about our desires to birth vaginally was faced with terrible negativity. So we started a Facebook group Birthing Multiples Naturally. In that group we found like-minded people and shared information freely. I was on my path to meet my girls. At every OB appointment I was bullied and told what I WILL be doing with my body. I WILL have a c-section, I WILL have it when they say. But I had armed myself with knowledge – for every bit of information they gave me to support their wanting to take my babies out early by c-section, I researched and found evidence contradicting them. I gathered all the information to make an informed and educated decision and stuck with it.

At every appointment I maintained that I would go to 36 wks or as long as the babies needed, I would have three heads down and I WOULD have a vaginal birth. and at each appointment I was scoffed. Even my sonographer would smirk and say “I’d be impressed if you made 30 wks”.

At 30 wks my three girls decided they’d all prefer breech, putting a smile on my OB’s faces as they smugly said…” well, you’ll be having a c-section now?” In answer, “no, I’ll go and have acupuncture and use positions to turn my babies”. You can imagine their responses. LOL.

Well I did. Chinese acupuncture and using “spinning babies” techniques and I found myself in hospital with two heads trying to both get into my pelvis. It was then they decided to keep me in hospital for the remainder of the pregnancy.

The bullying began. Strong, nasty, consistent bullying. Tag-teaming OB’s, doctors, nurses. They even had OB’s from their sister hospital come over to talk down to me. But I knew what was right for my babies. Id birthed three big babies before; I knew I could birth three tiny little triplets.

I kept researching, taking vitamins and minerals, magnesium for prevention if preterm labour, and doing my positions on the hospital bed. I missed my boys like crazy, but I was determined to keep this pregnancy going. Week after week I designed my birth plan, and week after week I terrified my OB’s. I built a strong relationship with wonderful midwives. I was looked after and treated with dignity by these amazing women who never doubted me. They helped me day to day with my teary days and my discomfort, they made a belly cast of my enormous belly, and helped me with my birth plan.

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At 34 1/2 weeks I felt three sets of feet in my ribs! They did an ultrasound to check, and yes!!! Three heads down!!!!!! I wrote my birth plan out on a big piece of cardboard and pinned it to my wall. My OB’s walked in, saw it, turned white and walked out. Soon they came back with paperwork for me to sign. I was going to have a good birth. I believed in my body. I believed in my babies, and I believed in my midwives, who is decided would be delivering my babies and with no epidural using active labour.

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At 35 wks I felt strange. I truly felt like my body had hit a wall. I asked for a growth scan as I believed that my babies had stopped growing. I felt something was not right. A few days later they did the scan and sure enough the babies had stopped growing and things needed to progress.

I decided to try bringing my labour on myself. I used everything. Every old wives’ tale, right up to stretch and sweep. Nothing!!!! Can you believe it, all that time fearing preterm labour and now I want it to start and it won’t!!! I tried and tried, but nothing but a few strong BH contractions.

So I decided that I had no choice but to induce.

I was terrified of induction. I was worried that one intervention would lead to another. I had a few friends, my sister and my husband with me after they gave me a strong stretch and sweep and broke my waters, and then they hooked me up to the synto drip. I walked around, bounced on the ball and rotated my hips, I laughed and joked and talked. I was scared, but this was my day! I was going to meet my girls.

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Once contractions were established my friends and my sister left so that I could focus. I concentrated on feeling my little sweetheart lowering to my cervix. Aneyah was the leading baby. We had a head monitor on her, (which I wasn’t struck on, but it was needed) I stayed standing until I physically couldn’t any more. They had me famining just in case, and I was completely exhausted. I’d brought berocca with me but was not allowed to have it in case they needed to intubate me in an emergency. So I got up on my hands and knees on the bed. The contractions were so strong now. People were starting to fill my room, but I used gas and concentrated on blocking them all out and just feeling my daughters lowering.

As I began to push, Aneyah’s heart rate started dropping. I could feel her head at my cervix and could not seem to push her through. One of my midwives checked and said that my cervix just wasn’t letting her through, so she helped. While I pushed, she gently helped my cervix over her head, it worked. I turned around to sit up with my knees up at the end of the bed. It was time. Before I knew it my little princess’s head was crowning. Two more pushes and Aneyah was out and placed on my chest. My beautiful, amazing little girl, screamed for just a moment then just looked at me. I was in love. She was so beautiful. My husband cut the cord, and before I knew it I was feeling the need to bear down again. They passed Aneyah from me to my husband and I started to push. Another head started to lower through my cervix and crown, the OB decided to help by breaking my waters, as he went to do so, I beared down, and with a beautiful twist, my waters exploded all over him. A moment that gave me a good laugh! Just 15 minutes after her sister Kalanee arrived into the world and straight to my chest. Such intense love. Another perfect beautiful wonderful little girl who screamed for just a moment then snuggled into my arms. Complete love. But I could only hold her just a moment, because I had one more special person to concentrate on. Lealah. I passed Kalanee over to one of my midwives and put my hands above my third little princess. It was much harder to push with her. I could not feel my stomach muscles because they’d stretched so much, and all that space and one tiny little baby, but I held my hand above her and beared down. My waters broke as she was crowning and she literally came out in one slurp with what seemed like a bucket of blood. Lealah was placed immediately on my chest and I was given the scissors to cut her cord. What a moment. She gurgled a little and I passed her over to be checked. Immediately afterward, I felt the need to push again. My placenta had come away early and was chasing Lealah out.

The placenta was so big; it was two that had shared and one that was fused. It felt like another baby, and it was at this point that someone in the room decided to joke about a possible fourth that had gone unseen. I was quite unimpressed.

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I did lose quite a decent amount of blood, but the body is amazing. My haemoglobin was actually higher after than the day before. It seems all that bloating was my body preparing.

They were: Aneyah – 4lb 7oz, Kalanee – 4lb 9oz; and Lealah – 4lb 11 oz. The first two were 15 minutes apart and the second and third were 12 minutes apart. They were 35.6 wks, and all head down. My entire labour was calculated at 4.5 hours.

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 My three girls were very quick to pick up breast feeding. They had no formula from the moment they were born. We had a little jaundice from being 4 weeks early, but they were healthy and strong. After just 5 days we all left the hospital fully breast fed and mummy’s little princesses. Today they are nearly 6 months, still exclusively breast fed and doing amazingly. I have three beautiful boys and three beautiful girls. I feel like the most blessed woman in the world.

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embracingitall April 19, 2013 at 4:48 am

Such an amazing journey you have all been on. So glad that you got the birth you wanted. May you be an inspiration to all the other women who also have to fight to try and birth their babies as naturally as possible. Your story has left me with a smile, so beautiful. Jacinta

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Lisa April 19, 2013 at 5:47 am

Fabulous birth story! I birthed my twins naturally after induction, despite threats of a section. Well done on the breast feeding too! I tandem feed my 2 (they’ve never had formula) and can’t imagine doing it with 3 babies!

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Anna Pons April 19, 2013 at 6:12 am

You are a REAL WOMAN!! So have been so brave and determined to fight for what you believe is best for your children and did not doubt about your intuition even after receiving far from positive feedback…You are an inspiration for other women and for this I thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. Congratulations for having such a beautiful family!!

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kate April 19, 2013 at 6:50 am

You are amazing!!! I had the hugest smile while reading this post and tears by the end! You are so blessed and such a strong wonderful mother :)

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Darshana April 19, 2013 at 6:56 am

Fabulous! I, too, had to fight for a natural birth for my triplets. My first three were born at home and my midwife said “twins, yes. triplets, no” so the search was on for an OB who would commit. I found her and she was the only one in her practice who would “give me a chance” so we made an agreement that she would come to the hospital even if it was her day off – no problems if her partners were on call. I had to agree that if she felt any of the boys (yep, all boys) were struggling, she’d knock me right out and do a c-section, no time for an epidural and all that jazz. My midwife had me taking herbal tinctures and the OB agreed to let her be a part of the birth team. Yay!! I made it to 36 weeks and couldn’t touch my fingers around my belly. So cool to see your belly pictures!! The identical set were born 11 minutes apart (Devon 5lb.12oz and Dustin 6lb.4oz). Dylan was so happy for the new spaciousness, he might have stayed longer, but he arrived half an hour later (5lb.14oz). 2 oz less than 18 lbs of baby!! Whew! The elder siblings (eldest daughter and then two sons) were thrilled to each get their own baby!! However, my daughter almost left the family when the ultrasound had shown three boys. She was so hoping for a sister! But she grew up having five adoring brothers and was the only one with her own bedroom!! So that was 1991 and the boys turned 21 last summer! Devon and Dustin continue to have such similar interests – music and performing arts, and Dylan is his own man – sports to the max! Three different high schools and different colleges but what a comedy team when they’re together! It is an incredible adventure and you are just at the beginning!! Good work for staying true to your convictions! You will now have a new understanding of the old saying “What a trip!!” Blessings on your journey!!

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Jess April 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Please contact me. X x x would love to add you to our group. Either Jess Boodhoo on fb or jessboodhoo@yahoo.com

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Jess Boodhoo April 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

Thank you ladies.x x x x very wonderful to see the support out there for those of us that want to birth our babies. It was a scary road but well worth it. Hopefully the more triplet mummas that stand up and make it happen through bullying and adversities, the more out there whose path will be simpler because of it. We need to stand together. X x x loved reading your comments. Thank you.

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jenny April 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

my great grandmother was a triplet – three girls, two identical and she was the fraternal. their names were cora, dora and zora. obviously, being born in the early 1900′s this was an extremely unusual, successful birth. all three lived to be 70+! god bless you and your beautiful family. :)

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Jasha April 19, 2013 at 7:45 am

How incredible! You should NOT have had to fight so hard for a natural healthy birth for your babies, but what a wonderful job you did of it! Without people as brave as you, as a society we live so tightly within our paradigms that we can’t see that anything could be different. Totally inspiring. What an amazing gift you gave them.

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Michelle Freeman April 19, 2013 at 7:58 am

I am just so amazed at how incredible you are. God is great. Your family is beyond beautiful. I’m so proud of you. I’m sharing this story because you give women hope. Praise you. Sending love, hugs, and prayers from Kentucky. @}——– < here is a rosé for you and your wonderful family. :-D

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Jess April 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Thank you. X x x

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Latifah Shay April 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

What an inspiring story! I have triplets, mine were born C-Section, right at 34 wks. We actually went to a very specific hospital (after finding out at 28 wks that there were 3 in there – *I* thought I was going to give birth to one at home & my midwife dumped us when she heard there were 3) b/c they were talking with us about all the ways they could help us have a natural birth. So we moved next to the hospital in the city (from the country) for the stretch until they were born. The day after we moved in the doctor that had been working with us said that he was going on his annual holiday in Tasmania. What!?? He had already told us that the other doctors on staff thought we were crazy. Things went downhill from there. And it really came down to the fact that whoever was on duty at the time of the birth would deal with us the way they wanted to. And yes, we were bullied and they were arrogant. I wish the birth of my children had been more in alignment with my heart, and yet I’m grateful for their health & safety. I breastfeed them until they were almost 2. They just turned 8 in March. Thanks for sharing your story!!

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Elissa April 20, 2013 at 5:50 am

I only have one, but I totally understand what you felt. My pregnancy was wonderful, I changed OB looking for one that actually believed in vaginal births (in Venezuela csections are the norm), everything was PERFECT until week 38 when I went for my weekly checkup and my Dr had left for Europe (without telling me) and leaving me with his daughter who literally told me “you want to push? Are you crazy? My dad made me push and that was horrible! You’re having a csection”. My blood pressure went to the sky, I started swelling, etc she monitored us for a week and at 39 weeks she left me at the clinic for the intervention. The epidural didnt work, so they had to pit me totally under. I felt so useless, nothing had gone as I wanted and my son is now 4 and sometimes it still feels sad and terribly frustrated.
I am not pregnant, nor am I looking but my dream is to have a VBAC but it had always scared me, all the what-if’s. I found this page yesterday and all of you with your wonderful stories have enlightened me as to what is possible! Thanks so much and hurrah to all of you!!!!

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Jess April 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Hi there. Would love to chat to you. X x x there are groups for all us triplet mums. Contact me and I can set you up with some support if you don’t have already. I’m in Australia. jessboodhoo@yahoo.com

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Tanya April 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

Thank you so much for sharing your truly inspiring story! As a future midwife stories like this remind me exactly why I chose this profession.

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Michelle Schneider April 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

What an amazing experience thank you so much for sharing! what an amazing woman you are! good for you to research and demand you got the best for you and your precious babies.

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Carolee Abbott April 19, 2013 at 9:59 am

Wow!! What a truly amazing story and I am so incredibly happy for you and your beautiful family. Thank you for having the courage to follow through with your plan and to share your experience. I have to ask, though, where are your from? As a birth doula and childbirth educator in California, I am saddened to say I can’t imagine this happening at present anywhere in the States. Just curious! You also mentioned using gas, which is something I haven’t seen used here. Thanks again for sharing and blessings to you all!

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Shanna Lehr April 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

Congratulations! What beautiful children you have. God has indeed blessed you richly! Enjoy them-even the days that are out of control and messy. ;)

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Rebecca April 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

Amazing story, thank you for sharing! I gave birth to beautiful twin boys at 37 weeks with a VBAC. It was an incredible journey and I was so proud. You should be too after all you endured with your “caretakers.” Congratulations, they are beautiful!

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Nicola Romme April 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your story of bravery. What a courage to hold on to your beliefs when the ‘medical people ‘and all the other fear driven ones are so against your wishes.
Way to go ! Proud of you and happy for you and your daughters. What an example what a woman can be and do they have !
Enjoy & blessings

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Petra April 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm

All, I can say is: WOW!! And WOW again.
You rock.
You are evidence that it is posible.
Posible to give birth to triplets and to breastfeed them.

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Brynne April 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Incredible! Thank you so much for sharing the story of your beautiful birth. What an inspiration! In 2009, I birthed my twins naturally and vaginally. From the moment we saw twins on the ultrasound I felt like I was fighting a wave of negativity. THANK YOU for helping others believe in the possiblity of natural multiple births.

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Carlene Speight April 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

What an inspiration! I am training to be a midwife/birth doula and hope to encourage all women to seek the most natural, intervention-free birth that they can! I had 3 natural (singleton) births years ago, and I know it can be done. It takes determination and education.
Thank you so much for your beautiful, strong story!

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Americo Torres April 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I have not enough good words to congratulate you for your courage, your faith, your determination and strength. I am a father of eleven children. My wife and I have fought for women to have the right to give birth the way they would like. You are the true expression of what freedom to chose the way to give birth should be.
Once again, congratulations. Receive our love and respect, Mrs. SUPERWOMAN!

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Magdalena April 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Thank you for such an inspiring story. And thank you, Darshana, for the story about your boys, it’s great to get such a long time perspective on their lives.
My Grandmother was a midwife in Central Europe, now Poland, before and after WWII. I remember when I was little, when she was called away to labor, often in the middle of the night by men in horse-driven carts.
She kept a diary of the deliveries – she delivered 4,943 babies in 40 years – and I’m now in the process of transcribing it. In that time, she delivered several sets of twins, and three sets of triplets. All these were home births. Of the triplet births, two sets were fine, but the smallest of the babies in the third set died shortly after birth. The other two lived. The notes attached to one of the triplet births state that the third child had to be coaxed. It reminded me of your story.
It’s amazing to read these records, and realize that, because this was deep in the countryside, away from metropolitan areas, there often was no electricity, or phone, or running water.
And yet, in those circumstances, women gave birth to multiple children without the benefit of modern medicine, and the children lived.

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Yael April 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Amazing. Truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story. I had a very negative birth experience that ended in a c-section. Please G-d I will have a better chance next time.

Magdalena – I want to read your Grandmother’s diary. What an amazing treasure. I hope you can get it published.

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Jess April 29, 2013 at 6:59 pm

What an incredible story that would be to read. Thank you for that. It’s incredible to me how women birthed in years passed. Interestingly enough, just weeks before I had my three beautiful girls, a tv show called “call the midwife” came on. I’d never seen it, and thought it looked interesting, so I sat up and enjoyed the early midwives lives. To my amazement that very night a woman gave birth to triplets on that show. I cried and was so excited! I knew I could do it. Your grand mother sounds like an amazing woman!

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Kristen April 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Such an amazing story! I’m SO happy for you that stuck to your guns, and did your research, and didn’t let them bully you!! Now if only other women would take after your example, maybe things would improve…

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Ashley Moore April 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Amazing!!! So truly amazing I’m speechless!!

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Tricia April 19, 2013 at 8:50 pm

That last photograph of mama nursing and cuddling all three girls is priceless. I love it!

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Clare S April 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I just love this birth journey…thank you so much for sharing and thank you BWF for posting it! how inspiring!

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June April 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Thank you for being a wondrous Amazon woman.
I worked in Montreal in the early 70′s. In the birthing suite of The Catherine Booth hospital, small hospital. The majority of the nurses trained midwives from Britain.
wonderful lady carrying triplets, her fourth pregnancy. When she was 4-5cm we walked her to the “delivery Room” in those days. no panick, very matter of fact. We had 3 warmers set up for the babies,minimal docs, nurses for the babies and a paediatrician. she was fully dilated in no time, birthed 3 little boys , actually all over 6lbs in 10 minutes spontaneously. all in great shape. So the medical profession get a bit panicky , and do tend to create problems. So they had 6 sons under 8. It was like a big party, i will never forget. June

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Lee Golder April 19, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Such a wonderful story. I had to have a C-section for #1 as she was 10lb 1oz breach and after 5 hours pushing, she was going nowhere. When I had #2 I was also bullied into a repeat C-section with the doctor using alot of emotional black mail, nothing medical or scientific to back him up. At 30 weeks I changed Dr’s and at 37 weeks 3 days had a little 9 lb 3 oz boy naturally. So much easier than a C-section.

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Jean June 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

At my clinic, ladies wishing to VBAC are given a fact sheet. I am sorry to say I can’t recall the statistics, but they are told the percentages of those who attempt VBAC who actually do VBAC, they say the chance of uterine rupture is maybe 3-5%, again, I don’t have the fact sheet in front of me. And many women go ahead and choose to VBAC. Do you think that would’ve have been helpful to be given actual facts, and let you choose based on that. Of course, by having these stats, many go ahead and research on their own. I hope it would be helpful to know with facts based on research before just being told you have to have a C-Section. The surgeon must have the previous op reports in order to know the scar on the uterus. And then they plan from there.

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Tanya April 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

What an extraordinary and inspirational woman you are!!! Thank you for sharing your remarkable birth story! Blessings to your beautiful family!

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Liisa April 20, 2013 at 12:38 am

wow!!!!!!! WHAT A WOMAN YOU ARE, so strong, so wise and soooo beautiful from outside and inside! Birthing and exclusively breastfeeding your three little girls!!! Tears are falling from my eyes while I’m reading this amazing birth story! thank you so much for this dedication and love. Your story gives such support for women who find themselves in similas situation. I have experienced very nice homebirths with my 2 sons, with my first boy I had so many people trying to scare me and talk me out of this decision, so I can relate to what you were feeling opposing the doctors and OB’s. I’m such a fan of all birth stories but this one is so rare and powerful. Really! Best wishes to your wonderful family of 6 kids! Love from Estonia :)!

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Huds April 20, 2013 at 12:41 am

As GOD had wished!
You are ONE amazing woman and strong will! You are such an inspiration to all woman, You did your hardwork by walking around and doing some stretching knowing you need all these to activate and help you with your pushing. You are just fabulous and your girls are so lucky to have a great mom, since you’ve gone through such labour, nothing in the world is tough for you anymore! GOD bless you and your loved ones! ever so inspiring you!

You have put a shut to those doctors that these days only ready to cut us up and who always want an easy way out and lure us to C section with their silly forecast and thoughts.

I am from Singapore, I gave birth to two beautiful boys, and both my delivery is natural birth without epidural, and both boys are breastfed till 2 years old. Similarly like you, I experience contractions and they feel like I was going to die, yet I grace through my delivery with lots of affirmation that , “GOD will help me through this, and HE does not give me pain that I cannot endure”. I did speak to my baby, “if you love mama, please come out soon and we will all be alright”.

What i want to add to all future delivering mothers, whatever beliefs and faith you have, when you are pushing with great strength, do an affirmation saying, ” GOD is great!, You will help me through this”, your mind and the energy around and also the power of GOD will be a miracle and I am not here to preach, it sure help rather than you screaming on top of your voice swearing and such.

I support birth without fear!

Happy pushing, set your affirmation, have fun notice all the faces around the delivery suite, and before you know it, you make it through woman!

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mary Kay Jones April 20, 2013 at 1:44 am

I feel such a kinship with all of you multiple birth moms. I was pregnant with identical girls and fired my OB, hired a terrific mid-wife at 7 months. Was not going to have a c-section. These girls were vbac’s, 3 & 4, after my first daughters c-section. Halted all invasive procedures, but not the healthy eating, herbs, and tons of prayer. Babies were healthy, 6.12 and 6.13 at 36 weeks. Nursed solely until 12 months. Story of the triplets is wonderful. Those of us truly In-tuned with our bodies know what we can do.

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Jess April 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Hi there, you can message me if you want to share your story in our groups :-) thanks. Jessboodhoo@yahoo.com. Or look me up of fb. Jess Boodhoo

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SHANNA April 20, 2013 at 2:26 am

AMAZING!!! I remember this mama on the original BWF group page before it was deleted! I always wondered if I would ever get to read her story! Thanks for posting it. <3

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Liv April 20, 2013 at 3:49 am

Wow that is such a great story! This really shows me that you need to do your research and not allow yourself to be bullied. I am not planning on getting pregnant for a long time yet, but I already have pretty strong ideas about how I want my future birth to go and how I do NOT want it to go. No epidural, no c-section and definitely no forceps. I just keep being told that I will just need to be flexible and listen to the experts because I can’t control how the babies come out. Congratulations on such beautiful, healthy looking babies!

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Gabriella O. April 20, 2013 at 6:49 am

God bless you and your family! Thank you for choosing strength & sharing it with us!

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louisa connolly April 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

as a midwife and lactation consultant in Australia this is the most fantastic story as it that of one of the ladies who commented.. congratulations on your beautiful daughters, a vaginal delivery and 6 months of exclusive breast feeding AMAZING I would love some photos to use at my breastfeeding presentations you seriously are AWESOME!

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Jess April 29, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Hi there. You can contact me at jessboodhoo@yahoo.com

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Sharla April 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing. I love your tenacity in sticking to the plan you knew to be best for your babies. They are fortunate to have you as their mom. : )

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G. R. April 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

Wow! Wonderful and inspiring!

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Kim April 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Congratulations on your beautiful family, and hooray for being so determined about natural birth! I found out I was having twins when I was 18 weeks along, and I also experienced such negativity and fear. I feared premature birth, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia….and I was especially worried because I was enrolled in a Master’s program and planned to graduate when I was 7 months. My OB scoffed and told me I should find a hospital with a NICU close to the school. As it turned out, I did not develop any complications, the ultrasound images showed both babies head down, and eventually at 39.5 weeks I had to be induced. Unfortunately the induction intervention led to a lengthy labor and after I delivered my oldest daughter, my second baby girl had to be delivered via c-section. Good for you for believing in your body and following your instincts! Your story is so amazing.

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Visualizing Birth April 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

What a beautiful and empowering story! Thank you.

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Joules April 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

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eranrefael April 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

wow! cool

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Nora April 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

You really are amazing a great inspiration to me, and I thank you.

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Kat Moore April 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm

This birth experience brought tears to my eyes high five mama kiss the kiddos for me :)

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Christine Fleer April 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Thank you for sharing your story. It is helping me as I prepare to deliver just one, but it is our second daughter. I LOVE your story and the conviction you felt for yourself and your girls. Good for you. thank you.

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Betty Engelbrecht April 23, 2013 at 3:47 am

What a wonderful mother you are. So glad you persevered to do what you knew was right and did not take the “Easy Route”. Bless you and your beautiful family. Continue to be an ambassador for natural childbirth. In this day and age of the “quick fix” Caeserean at the drop of a baby, natural childbirth needs to come to the fore again if we are to have healthy babies and caring mothers. I had 4 children the natural way, back in the day. Am a grandmother of 10 and a great grandmother of 7 with an 8th on the way. I blame todays doctors for all the caesars that take place. (So that they can keep their golf dates no doubt.)
You shine like a light in the darkness.

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Leigh April 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

You ARE the most blessed woman! Amazing job. The babies are just beautiful and bring back memories of my own sweet little twin girls all snuggled together. Beautiful story.

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ashleigh lang-tolliver April 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm

This story gives my such strength in knowing that I can delivery my twins naturally and vaginally. reading this helps me believe that if I listen to my body and believe in my little ones all three of us will be fine and their birth will be perfect, what ever may come of it.

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Anita McIlveen April 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. And what a beautiful family. Enjoyed the pics also.

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Sharon April 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm

This birth story brought tears to my eyes! As a doula and labor & delivery nurse I have been privileged to attend many natural (meaning zero interventions) deliveries of singletons & twins. But in my community, no one will attend a woman who desires to have a natural triplet delivery and few women have the emotional strength & courage to face down “experts” who are telling them they are risking their babies lives simply by allowing them to grow until they are term, let alone deliver vaginally. The negativity & fear wears them down and they end up with an early C/S, their babies spend their first weeks in an NICU, and they attempt to balance recovery from a major abdominal surgery with substantial blood loss and mothering. Your story gives me hope, thank you <3

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Marion Lalonde April 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

What an incredible story! Medical personal tend to forget the mother’s “rights” over her body! Well I do believe a woman must be told all possible scenarios including risks, it is ultimately the parents’ decision on the birthing plan. Too bad that today , hospital personnel worry about being sued first and their patients’ desires second! No mother is going to willingly commit any harm to her child(ren) during birth so back up, back off doctors, and listen to what the “pilot” wants-she is the one flying this plane and she gets to say who boards, who lands, and where the luggage gets stored! Congratulations for standing up for your beliefs!

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