Year of baby's birth
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Satisfaction with birth experience overall:
Model of care
Why did you choose this model of care?
What were your choices for this birth?
Support for normal vaginal birth, Unmedicalised birth process, Birth support team of my choice (no visitor restrictions), Vaginal twin birth
How did your birth start?
Induction of labour
What were your outcomes?
Attended by my known midwife/doctor, Staff I didn't know attending me, Prevented from having birth support team of my choice, CTG monitoring (continuous monitoring of baby's heartbeat), Induction/augmentation of labour, Instinctive pushing (ie not coached), Vaginal birth, Twin/multiple birth, Breastfeeding difficulties
Details of experience
This is a challenging one to answer.
I loved my birth because I achieved a twin vaginal birth without medications, but fighting for it was traumatising and I had to make big compromises. It is not the birth I wanted. I wanted to be attended by my private midwife and her colleagues, in my home, with my sister and friend and mother and my older children. I didn’t want to fight and be coerced into choices. I didn’t want to be guilted into things.
I was induced through having my waters broken because twin b was small
They put a FSE on twin a’s head because it allowed them to monitor her better. It was quite annoying and fell off when I started pushing.
I was able to go in the shower and that’s where she was born. I didn’t know I could catch her myself.
They moved me back onto the bed and checked twin b. I had a few moments with twin a before they cut her cord and broke twin b’s waters and he came shooting out. They cut his cord after 20 minutes and gave me syntocin, although I hardly bled.
I got a full golden hour and was not rushed to do anything with them afterwards.
They didn’t want me to leave because of twin b’s size so we stayed for 24 hours.
It took 8 days before I had any milk, so bad to supplement until then.
They’re still bf now ;-)