A Midwife-Assisted Cesarean for Breech Rainbow Twins Complete with Skin to Skin

by Krystal Cleaver on September 6, 2013

After a year of trying to conceive without success I saw a doctor and was diagnosed with PCOS. A year later I conceived with our first round of fertility injections and IUI. We were beyond excited…we ordered a crib the same day I got the call about my blood test! Sadly, I miscarried at 6 weeks. But our little one will never be forgotten and even has a name in our hearts even though we will never know the sex of the baby.

Two more rounds of injections and IUI brought us the delight of another pregnancy. This time it was twins! It was both a surprise and a wish come true. We had talked about how we would love to have twins if it were to happen. I had a rather uneventful pregnancy; no morning sickness or other early symptoms. In fact, the only discomforts were Braxton Hicks that started in my second trimester and lots of round ligament pain in my 3rd trimester.

We planned on an un-medicated natural birth in a hospital with a midwife, using the Bradley method. As time drew near it became apparent that my girls were still BOTH breech as they had been the entire pregnancy. I tried inversion techniques from SpinningBabies.com and saw a chiropractor for the Webster technique but nothing seemed to help. We scheduled a cesarean section. I was saddened to not be able to birth them naturally but decided there must be a reason and trusted God to keep us safe.

I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario. Our midwife accompanied us to the operating room and held my hand until my husband could be there. I was so grateful for her presence; she must have sensed my fear. She had gotten prior permission to let us do skin-to-skin in the operating room. Skin-to-skin was very important to me and seemed to ease the disappointment of not getting a natural birth. It’s one small thing I could do for my babies since it seemed so much was no longer an option.

I planned on nursing but couldn’t seem to get established so I decided to pump. Pumping was a constant struggle for me to maintain supply and I seemed to always have a blocked duct, but I persevered for 9 months.

In looking back, there are things I would change if I got to do it over again, but I realize that we did the best we could with where we were and the knowledge we had. I’m at peace with that.

Kristina's fraternal twin girls photo 1 Kristina's fraternal twin girls photo 2

Kristinas' fraternal twin girls photo 3

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Kelly September 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

this is such a inspiration for all the women with PCOS and me being one and still unsuccessful in becoming a mum after over 2 years of actively trying and a life style change, and reading this post has given me a lot more hope on not giving up until me and my partner finally succeed and hold our first son or daughter in our arms. and it has also now given me more incentive to go back to the doctors and up my fertility pills even more and maybe give another fertility medication a try. so thankyou so much again for giving me the much needed push and incentive I really needed. and hopefully one day soon I can share my success story on here to help other women get that much needed success story and incentive that is needed to get there finally. :)

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Susie September 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I would just like to know the things she would change because I’m in the same situation, might have to do a c section, so anything I could know ahead of time would be great! Thank you!

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