A natural twin birth story
“But what if something happens?”
That’s the big question women face when they begin to explore non-traditional birth options (having the baby outside of the walls of a hospital, and under the care of a midwife rather than an OB).
And it’s a great question!
We love to bring concerned friends or family together in the comfortable seats of the “living room” at The Retreat and listen as they struggle with their what ifs regarding a birth center birth.
Though we find it most helpful to work through these concerns in a dynamic back-and-forth of a conversation, we wanted to share a special story with you.
Veronica’s amazing natural twin birth story is a beautiful example of how midwives take action when a birth doesn’t go as planned — when something happens.
A twin pregnancy doesn’t have to be high-risk
From the moment Veronica and Gerardo learned she was carrying twins, they worried her pregnancy would be deemed high-risk — twins are often labeled as such under OB care.
But midwife Lynn Arnold assured her they would be able to continue care at The Retreat and have the natural twin birth they wanted.
“They were very excited and confident, and I was at total peace about birthing there. I never felt like I was going through a high-risk pregnancy,” says Veronica.
Because multiples do come with a higher possibility of special circumstances, Lynn, who has extensive experience with twin, breech, and VBAC births, took on a central role in Veronica’s birth team.
Midwives Annie Kuntz, CPM, LM, and David Carter-Plake, CPM, and Romy Sharieff, student midwife, were present and ready to respond to any surprises when Veronica’s babies arrived.
It’s time: Veronica’s labor begins
“I felt a strong contraction at around 1:30 am. I got up to use the bathroom and realized my water broke. I immediately called David and started timing the contractions,” says Veronica.
Hypnobabies had helped Veronica feel calm and strong in her previous birth, so she listened to her Hypnobabies coaching during labor with the twins as well.
“I was calm and had a positive attitude; I was not afraid,” says Veronica.
Baby “A” is born
When Lynn checked Veronica’s progress upon arrival at The Retreat, she was already dilated to 8 cm. Soon after, she felt an urge to push and her team came in to prepare.
But when she positioned herself to deliver the babies, the urge to push disappeared!
“I had never experienced this with my other births. I had to work this time and push longer. I was able to crack a joke here and there between contractions. I was getting tired but everyone was cheering me on,” says Veronica.
Finally, at 5:55 am, John David was born! The midwives placed him on Veronica right away and prepared for the birth of baby “B.”
Something is preventing the second baby’s delivery
“Lynn was feeling for baby “B”’s position. He was a little inclined to the side and not in a position to come out,” says Veronica.
In a hospital she would probably have been rushed into an emergency c-section, but Lynn was confident the baby could safely be born vaginally.
Lynn found the baby’s feet, turned him to a deliverable position and helped him into the world.
“Matthew James was finally out eight minutes after his brother. They were both healthy and nursed right away,” says Veronica.
Though her natural twin birth took an unexpected twist, she and her husband felt they were in great hands throughout the pregnancy and delivery.
“We felt so much love from everyone at The Retreat celebrating the birth of my twins,” says Veronica.
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