I am strong because I achieved a natural birth of twin girls at 37 weeks, 5 days, in the OR of a hospital. My pregnancy was a shock, but I was thrilled that I would finally have the opportunity to have a home birth after two previous hospital births. When we discovered that it was twins, I learned it was illegal for a midwife in our state to attend a birth of multiples. I switched doctors numerous times, fought “hospital policy”, scare tactics, constant pushes for intervention, and flat out rudeness and lack of support.
After an 11 hour labor, a labor so much harder and more intense than my others, my girls were born… absolutely surrounded by nurses and doctors, my doula on one side of me and my husband on the other. At 10:23 p.m., my sweet baby Nora made her appearance, weighing in at 6 lb, 6 oz. I pulled her up to my chest, and with next to no assistance from me, she latched on to nurse. Six minutes later, as the doctor mentioned cutting the cord, Molly arrived, my beautiful, tiny girl, weighing 5 lb 1 oz. I helped pull her up onto my stomach as Nora nursed the whole time!
I was wheeled out of the OR about an hour later with my girls in my arms. I spent the rest of the hospital stay with nurses coming in to see me over and over, wanting to know if it was true that I had a natural twin birth in the OR. It wasn’t my ideal birth, but it was a huge victory and I am so proud that I did it.
This picture is of me tandem nursing my girls for the very first time – about an hour and a half after they were born.
They are now nine months old, sweet as can be, and nursing is still going strong!