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I gave birth to twins in December and I am so grateful that I had the right to choose midwife care over a traditional OB. When I discovered I was pregnant with twins, I started talking to numerous mothers of twins on discussion boards and the common factor I saw with all of them was the idea that two babies are too much to carry and that they will come early or be induced between 34-36 weeks. Over and over I saw babies with birth weights in the 3-4 pound range, spending weeks in the NICU and having difficulty with breathing, nursing, thriving etc. This caused great concern for me!
I went with Andaluz to have my twins because I wanted not only full-term babies, but someone that would work closely with me on preventative care. With an hour or more for each appointment and after hour contact information, I was able to keep them posted on any issues and we went through several issues throughout the pregnancy. I was anemic and was immediately given a couple forms of iron to take as well as a high iron diet. Problem under control. I was hit with a horrible flu, again my midwives were in my home caring for me and ensuring I became healthy again, and closely monitored the babies to be sure they were doing well. I work non-stop running my own businesses. During several weeks I didn't gain any weight, my midwives encouraged me to seek help, gave me numerous ideas for meal planning and snacking to gain weight and was kept under close supervision to ensure that not only I gained weight but the babies did too.
6 days before my due date I went into labor. Within 15 minutes, I realized I was not only in labor but delivery was imminent and no matter what I may have wanted for my birth, I was going to deliver at home. We called our midwives and they were all at my home within 15 minutes, just before pushing began. Having been prepared for a homebirth, I was lucky to have everything I needed and was also emotionally prepared for the location of the birth of my babies. Both came out within 10 minutes of each other. It was uncomplicated, I had very minimal bloodloss even with two placentas and the babies were nursing right away. My babies weighed 5 lbs 3 oz and 5 lbs 10 oz in comparison to my first child who weighed 6 lbs 3 oz, we were extremely pleased with their size and the fact that we carried them an extra day longer than my first child.
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