Twin Homebirth???

Jodi - posted on 11/26/2010 ( 49 moms have responded )

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I am 26 weeks pregnant with fraternal twin girls. my blood pressure is ideal, my weight gain is low, I have non-symptomatic gallstones and no complications thus far. I live in Wisconsin btw.

I wanted a homebirth with my first daughter but was scared out of it by my doctor. I ended up having a "normal" hospital birth that I was hugely dissastified with. Finding out I was pregnant again I was determined to have a home birth this time around...then we found out it was twins and my doctor once again scared me away from it. BUT, I have done so much more research this time (research I so regret not doing with my first pregnancy) and learned so much that I am back on track and want a home birth!

IF I go through my hospital, I am all but guaranteed interventions. If I don't go into labor by 38 weeks I have to be induced, if I don't progress quickly enough I have to have a c-section. My OBGYN has admitted she can only recall one twin vaginal delivery in all her years and of course there were interventions (pitocin, epidural, episiotomy, forceps). The liklihood that I will have a c-section is so great she has urged me to make the date and has warned me that even if I attempt a vaginal delivery I still have to do so in the OR, not a birthing room and will have to have continual monitoring which means I can't be up and moving around. There is only one other hospital close enough for me (The closest hospital, the one I have thus far chosen, is still an hours drive) has basically the same policies.

What I'm wondering is, has anyone had a twin home birth? Can midwives perform twin homebirths in Wisconsin (I'm having a horrible time finding the laws on this). I'm not sure I qualify for homebirth since I live so far away from the hospital, but there is a midwife ran birthing center 20 minutes away and I would be willing to do a birth there instead of home, I just really don't want to go through a hospital.

Lastly, I know a lot of people are misinformed about homebirths, so unless you come armed with facts proving that it's NOT safe, feel free to refrain from posting, this is not a debate about whether or not one should homebirth, I am asking for advice, support, experience and insight on a twin homebirth (or birthing center) from people who know what they're talking about!!!!

Thank you in advance!

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Isobel - posted on 11/29/2010

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I really am not trying to debate, I just feel worried that everybody seems to be ignoring the risks. There is a reason that twins are "automatically" considered high risk...because they are. I found an article by a midwife that explains WHY...and I hope you don't think that I'm being a bitch because I truly do LOVE the idea of home births for low risk births.



Here's the link if you care to look...she seems fairly unbiased to me.



http://midwifemuse.wordpress.com/2010/10...

Isobel - posted on 11/28/2010

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Nicole...you didn't read your links. The first one said that home birth babies had triple the chance of dying, and NONE of the links said that they excluded high risk pregnancies as outliers. I took stats last term, and you really CAN'T trust other people to tell you what they mean.

"CONCLUSION: Less medical intervention during planned home birth is associated with a tripling of the neonatal mortality rate."

Correct me if I'm wrong...but isn't a higher mortality rate a bad thing?

Kayleigh - posted on 11/27/2010

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Here in Washington all of the midwives that work at birth centers will do home births. It really depends on where you are.



Also, if your state does automatically consider a twin birth high risk then you can always get a Doula... They are amazing and usually will act as your advocate in a hospital birth situation, helping to coach the birth and prevent unnecessary interventions. They will also help educate you about procedures and options when the doctors try to change your treatment, or bully you into something (i.e. pain intervention and C sections.) They are amazingly helpful in any birth situation... they can really help calm you, and help along the whole process. ^_^

Rachel - posted on 11/27/2010

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if you have to have them in the hospital you can refuse to let them give you many of the interventions that they like to give to "speed things up", even only allowing them intermitent monetering. try to find another doctor who wont' "scare" you out of what you want and will support you in how you want to birth unless it is medically necessairy for such medical interventions

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I know my midwife is all for delivering twins at home, as long as the first twin is head down...you may just need to get some extra ultrasounds, I don't think its dangerous at all with an experienced midwife. There are a lot of videos on youtube and such with twin homebirths. Don't let anyone scare you out of it, take control of your own birth girl!

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Natalie Rose - posted on 11/30/2010

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My sister in law attempted a home birth with twins, her pregnancy was also very healthy, non-problematic, and she ended up being rushed to the hospital for an emergency c-section after pushing at home for 5 hours. The twins were fine and momma was too, but it was scary for all involved. This is the only situation I know if concerning twins/homebirth.
best of luck to you!

Amber - posted on 11/30/2010

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Hi there,

I had a homebirth . . . twice. My younger two children were born at home, and I highly recommend it. I had wonderful midwives, who were totally supportive.
My older two children I had in the hospital, and I was hugely dissatisfied with both births, as well as the hospital stay afterwards.
With that said, my midwives, when they came for the birth, brought in these suitcases on wheels, in them, was an oxygen tank, as well as many of the "in case" tools they needed. Luckily, we didn't need to use the oxygen tank on either of the boys.
Another thing I wanted to point out, is that they are experts on a woman's body, and they help you help your body deliver naturally, none of this telling you when to push or nonsense, your body will know when to push, if you let your body decide, the chance of tearing is greatly reduced.
Again, I had a fabulous experience, both times with my midwives.
Has anyone heard of the Dionne Quintuplets? They were born at home.
Good luck girl!!!

Jennifer - posted on 11/29/2010

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that's awesome Jodi! and definitely keep looking into a doula...lots of them will work with you on the price, and payment options and what-not...they WANT to help you have the birth you want, and if negotiating price is what it takes for them to be the person to help you, they'll do it.

Danielle - posted on 11/29/2010

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i have had my daughter via homebirth in a pool in my dinning room!! i loved it it is so empowering.. i had my first daughter in a hospital but it was all "natural" as in no pain medication but they said i was in labor but i didn't feel anything so they gave me patossam (spell) so i could feel it to push her out and she was 8lbs 4oz and 20in long it took me a day to get up to walk around and i was SO SORE and i was sore for like a week or two after words may be more ... well with my second baby my midwife told me they basically induced me with my first so this time was all natural and she was 9lbs 5oz and 21 in long and i was up walking around hrs after birth i was not sore at all. With my first i was almost screaming cause they would not let me move to ease the pain and they kept touching me holding my legs when i asked them not to!! well this time i did what i want when i want and i did the whole thing by myself and i can not wait to do it again!! if i was preg. with twins i would want to do a home birth too but if u need advice from some one who is all for safe home births call my midwife and ask her abt the pros and cons of a home birth of twins if u want her number message me!!

Rachel - posted on 11/29/2010

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so glad that they are so far an option for you a birthing center will be sooo much better than the hospital. (wish I had one where I live, as far as I know they dont' have them in Canada. it is either home or hospital :P)

Isobel - posted on 11/29/2010

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Glad it worked out for you...and it DOES sound like the perfect situation :)

Jodi - posted on 11/29/2010

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Thanks ladies! The birth center called back, they do not do homebirth for multiples, but they will deliver multiples in the birth center! It was a short phone call and I set up an appointment for next week to speak more thuroughly and tour the facilities, but from what I gather, they would like their patients to keep seeing their OB and getting ultrasounds and what not and that they work WITH my OB in the event that any complications arise between now and labor. Their building is literally across the street from the hospital (I googled mapped it lol!) and the midwife I will have (if I "qualify" or whatever.) has experience birthing twins both in a hospital setting and the setting at the birth center. SO HAPPY! I really hope it works out for me, or at the least if they can't take me that they will help me stand up for my rights and speak with my OB about the things that I find completely unnecessary! (I really suck at confrontation with people who are of a higher education than me! lol)

Thanks again ladies..everyone! Your support, concern and advice has been invaluable!

Bekah - posted on 11/29/2010

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I had a home birth for my first and I would do it again if i could! My sister also had her 4 kids with the same midwife and so did another friend with her 4. I would do it again with my 2nd but I had a few complications with my first that almost sent me to the er(I broke my tailbone during labor and almost lost concsiousness) so this time I'm doing it at the hospital just in case it happens again. My midwife actually delivered her first set of twins in 20 years just the week before my first app with her. They actually had no idea it was twins until birth! But as far as I know everything went VERY smoothly and everybody was perfectly healthy! I am completely 100% pro homebirth, I personally as well as my sister have done so much research on it in the last 7 years its rediculous!! If you are scared about it, then as you said try the birthing center, if I had one closer to me I would be there in an instant! Just to ease you mind about complications and such, most midwives stay in close contact with the local hospital so if there are issues ambulances are on standby and most midwives will even go the hospital with you as your advocate and support, plus alot of midwives have had nursing(hospital) experiance and ALL midwives should be trained to handle and spot possible complications . And have you checked out the pregnant patients bill of rights? You are allowed to say no to anything you don't want, its your legal right. Hospitals/doctors may try to scare you with policies and risks but in the end it is up to you! Switch doctors if you must!!! I hope you figure it out and good luck!!!

Emma - posted on 11/29/2010

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another thing to keep in mind is if you are in a hospital and medical intervention is needed its right there but what if you are that far from a hospital it was too late for you or the babies incase something went wrong it is higher risk a twin pregnancy and birth! just be careful and really think deeply about it would you want any complications during the birth?! wouldnt you prefer to be somewhere safer where they can do something in an emergency? i know someone who had a post partum haemmorage after her birth as the placenta didnt come away properly as it was quite stuck to the womb, she had 2 lacentas, it is just not worth the risk as if she hadnt been in hospital she might have died as it is more common for a postpartum haemmorage to occur in a twin pregnancy, you just dont know what could happen, think of the babies and trust the doctors they went to med school!

Jodi - posted on 11/29/2010

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Laura, that was actually a pretty good link. I would have liked to see actualy facts and numbers included, which is what I'm having a hard time finding! lol Such as, yes, twins do come with increased risks, but are those risks LESS increased with a homebirth or a hospital birth? Does she base this only off of hospital births that she has witnessed? Do you know what I mean? I agree with her, circumstances have to be right, I would never undergo a premature homebirth, or try to push Baby A out if she were breech (although Baby B I would still like to give a try due to studies I have read that it's safe.), the safety of my girls does truly come first, and if circumstances aren't right, then it's a no go, by my decision! I have added the two links she supplied in her bog to my favorites to read later as they didn't look familiar to me and I dno't think I've read them...but I'm lacking on time right now!! lol
Thank you for that link though! (btw, not all states automatically deem a twin pregnancy high risk, not all hospitals do...it's just the general assumption among the medical field, to err on the side of caution I suppose.)

:)

Jessi - posted on 11/29/2010

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with home births there is always the option of going to the hospital should an emergency occur. i have a friend who was addmitted SEVERAL weeks before giving birth vaginally to twin boys. i'm obviously not in the human medical field but i think the reason of c-sections with twins is due to the pregnancy being carried out to or close to full term and by that time the twins are to large. every vaginal twin birth i have heard are around 36wks so if you go into labor or are induced by 36wks i believe you should be ok to have a home/vaginal birth. also my dad's cousin gave birth to 2 sets of twins vaginally if that makes you feel more comfortable that there is a good possiblity of giving birth vaginally at home!

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2010

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Thanks for that tip Kayleigh, I might have to reinvestigate doulas if the birthing center doesn't work out! I would LOVE a doula! With my first birth, I knew what I wanted, had the facts at hand, but under so much stress in that pain, I was just not a good advocate for myself (and my husband was in a near panic, I think he would have listened to the doc if she said the only way to take the pain away was to knock me out with a frying pan!!! lol He just couldn't handle seeing me like that!)
Thanks for that tip again!

Kayleigh - posted on 11/28/2010

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Doula's aren't aren't usually covered by insurance, but all the ones here work on a sliding scale and will do payment plans.. some of them will do it for free if you are on state assistance... We are very low income (mostly state) and my doula only charged us 250 dollars for everything... shes amazing too. really perfect for us, and totally willing to be payed in segments.. I wouldn't count one out as an option quite yet if I were you ♥

Nicole - posted on 11/28/2010

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Well, from what I understand through my own research about assisted home births, multiple pregnancy itself, does not make a high risk pregnancy (unless you are an OBGYN). Especially if the both babies are in the vertex position (head down) or if one is head down (the other can turn or it can be delivered breech). As long as both are growing on the same scale and there is no other conditions in your health, it is a normal twin pregnancy. ;o) A midwife would be able to tell you for sure, though.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2010

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Nicole, that's part of the problem I have encountered in trying to figure out if it's best for me. SO many of the studies include accidental, unplanned home births, unassisted homebirths or those attended to by someone not qualified or women who go ahead with a high risk home birth (such as preeclampsia or placenta previa). I am having a HORRIBLE time finding out if twins TRULY is a high risk homebirth situation or if it's just more complicated because it's two!!! Obviously, if something isn't looking good with the pregnancy or my babies, homebirth will NOT be my option, but so far so good, so I don't see the need to be pushing induction and/or c-section at 12 (though I'm now 26 weeks) simply because something "might" go wrong! ;)

Nicole - posted on 11/28/2010

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Oops, yeah I forgot to add that one of those links is saying that those stats don't take into consideration unplanned, accidental home births. And that the infant mortality rate means any death of an infant within the first 28 days of life. Lots can happen to a baby in 28 days that may or may not have anything to do with the way that they were birthed. ;o)



I think a woman should be able to give birth in whatever manner she should so choose as long as she does so with education and the right professional support.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2010

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http://www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com/h...
" No unassisted home births were included in the study. However the study appears to show that at the very least midwife assisted home births are just as safe as those that occurred in hospitals."
http://www.1st-babies.com/home_birth/Hom...
http://www.1st-babies.com/home_birth/Hom...
The researchers reported that women who planned a home birth had less maternity-related interventions but also less adverse outcomes
http://www.babiesonline.com/articles/pre...
Laura, here are just a few ( I simply do not have the time to go back and dig to weed through all the crap studies, there are plenty of those). While I understand that you want to point out that things may not always be what they seem and you would like me to be clear of the risks and dangers...I would like to point out that I have been researching this topic for months now (obviously I cannot spend that time to find you every link I found!) and have disregarded any of the studies that showed women having high risk home births, only saw studies that were attended by certified midwives (btw, the birthing center I'm looking into works with the hospital that is down the block, they are hired and a part of that hospital, but work independantly with CPM's to provide a women a different alternative for birth.) and have thuroughly researched the topic I assure you.
What I ask, is you please don't turn this into a debate about the safety of homebirthing. I am looking for honest to goodness advice, support and tips from women on the topic. I appreciate your advice that I make sure this is the safest choice...I have. Thank you.

Isobel - posted on 11/28/2010

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They all did say that home births had less interventions and that was a good thing (and I agree)...I'm just sayin' look at EVERYTHING and make an informed decision.



I had a midwife tell me once that ONLY one in ten babies born ACTUALLY need medical intervention. One in ten odds are not small...I would certainly buy a lottery ticket if I had a one in ten chance of winning a million dollars.

Nicole - posted on 11/28/2010

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Jodi, the best thing you can do is just talk to a potential midwife. I have heard of several home births of twins that were very successful, but you have to talk with a midwife. This is advice from Dr. Mercola and it is GREAT advice! -



"In the United States it often takes a lot of diligence and determination to go against the norm and find a physician or midwife who performs homebirths. It is rare to find an obstetrician that will agree to a home birth in the United States, and while certified nurse midwives (CNMs) can legally attend home births in any state, most do not and choose to practice in hospitals instead.



Only 27 states currently license or regulate direct-entry midwives (or certified professional midwives (CPMs), who have undergone training and met national standards to attend homebirths. (You can find the legal status of CPMs in your state here:http://mana.org/statechart.html.)



In the other 23, midwife-attended births are illegal, however women often end up finding a midwife on the "black market," who due to lack of any type of regulatory oversight may or may not have adequate training.



It is certainly possible to find highly qualified and trained midwives practicing on the underground market. These women often believe strongly in women's right to choose home birth, and risk being arrested and prosecuted for practicing medicine or nursing without a license to offer their services.



There are also people practicing as midwives who have not received adequate training that can also be found in this underground home birth market, so if you do go this route it's imperative that you thoroughly check out and reference the person you are working with.



A campaign is currently underway to expand state licensing of CPMs so that women who want a home birth can choose from a qualified pool of applicants, but until that happens you have a few legal options for homebirth:



* Find a certified nurse midwife (CNM) who attends homebirths in your state or in a nearby state (then travel to that state to give birth)

* Find a CPM who is either licensed by your state or in a nearby state (then travel to that state to give birth)

* Use a CNM but give birth in a hospital or birth center (a compromise)



To find a midwife in your area, try:



* Midwives Alliance of North America

* Mothers Naturally

* American College of Nurse-Midwives

* Midwifery Today

* BirthLink (Chicago area)



The bottom line is that the surgical interventions obstetricians are trained to use are often unnecessary in a normal pregnancy and delivery, and can cause more harm than good when used inappropriately.



In a healthy pregnancy, a qualified midwife, who is there to offer help, education and support during pregnancy, labor, delivery and after, is actually the safest, most qualified birth attendant, and your home may very well be the best place for you to deliver."

Isobel - posted on 11/28/2010

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Could you post some links please where it says that only low-risk births from both places were compared? I am truly curious, as I have found that statistics are OFTEN bent and twisted to suit an end. I actually like home births for low risk births, but I also feel that when people willfully ignore the risks...it CAN be dangerous...not usually, but sometimes.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2010

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To answer and address a few questions and comments...my OB told me I have to induced at 38 weeks (if I havn't already gone into labor) because there is a "chance" that the placentas are compromised and deliver less oxygen. (I asked her if they would deliver less oxygen to my babies than that of a smoker and got no response...smokers dont' have to induce early "just because".) Homebirths have been proven time and time again to be safer in the long run for a normal, low-risk pregnancy with less respiratory distress among infants, less hemoragging among women, increased survival of the first year etc etc. There are midwives at my hospital, it's who I was seeing before ultrasound showed twins, I was told that the hospital deems twins high risk and I am no longer able to have a midwife. :( the midwives at the birth center I am looking into (hoping I get the call back tomorrow!) do in fact do homebirths within a 30 mile radius of their business, I fall within that range, the problem is that not many midwives will do a twin homebirth. Also, in Wisconsin, from what I can tell from laws, twins are automatically deemed high-risk, but a hospital can enforce that in their policy for malpractice reasons. I have looked into Doulas (before we knew it was twins!) and we simply can't afford one as our insurance won't cover it, and being in a one income family, we don't have that much to spare. :(

I'm hoping the birthing center calls me back tomorrow, and even if they won't allow me to a homebirth, or a birth at their center, I am asking if I can speak to a midwife who may be able to point me down an avenue yet unexplored and/or give me tips for working with my doctor to get a birth experience more suited to my desires. (Barring serious complications of course! But I don't consider 38 weeks a complication...or laboring for more than 12 hours a need for a c-section etc etc etc...)
Thanks again ladies for all the advice, support and tips!!! *crossing my fingers for tomorrow!*

Shelley - posted on 11/28/2010

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I agree with Gwen. Why would the OB induce twins early? perhaps I'm mistaken, but isn't it better for those babies to be inside you growing stronger and healthier every day? If they already consider twins to be high-risk, and preemie babies are high-risk, why combine the two? That's just stupid. One thing to keep in mind about doctors, they get more money for more intervention. Doctors are not objective in these matters. At all.

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I, too, am pregnant with twins (looks like B/G so far but it was early to tell - 15 wks, I'm now 19). I unfortunatley ended up with a C-section at 41 wks with my son b/c my idiot OB didn't catch that he was breech and wouldn't consider a vaginal delivery. So, I have made the decision to be in a hospital... which sucks. But, I have found a rockstar OB who routinely delivers breech vaginally, and is renowned for his low C-section rate and advocacy for normal childbirth. **He delivered triplets vaginally, with the last one being transverse!!!



Anyway, I am a birth JUNKIE. I spend lots of time reading and researching. My opinion is that if you find a midwife who has experience delvering twins, by all means stay at home! For all intents and purposes, it's safer than the hospital (many if not most of the routine interventions you'd intercept are less safe for you and your babies). Or, why not the birth center? I only wish we had one nearby. I live in GA, and there's only one in the state!!



Also, why would you OB induce you at 38 weeks? It's a DREAM for twins to make it to normal term! And, you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. No is not a bad word, and what's the worst that could happen? It's not like they could call the cops on you, or punish you!



I am inspired by your self-education and enlightenment! Keep spreading the word and informing the masses - there IS a better way!



** P.S. If you haven't read "Pushed" yet, read it. There's a story about a women delivering her twins VBAC at home by herself b/c no one would would give her a trial of labor. The second one was a footling breech and she birthed them beautifully!

Heather - posted on 11/28/2010

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I also would urge you to find out if midwives can give birth in your hospital. I personally don't know much about homebirths, so I can't say one way or another on that, but I didn't see one doctor my entire pregnancy, delivery, or afterwards. My hospital had a group of midwives that were extremely supportive of my decision to not use any drugs or epidural. During my labor my blood pressure got a little high and because I didn't have any other symptoms of preeclampsia, they allowed me to stay off of bp meds. As far as the homebirth goes, I would talk to a midwife, or someone who would normally advocate a homebirth. If someone who is normally all for it says they wouldn't do it, try to use a midwife in the hospital. It is better to have a less than ideal birth with two healthy babies at the end than a great birth with a baby that needs a hospital visit after.

Christina - posted on 11/27/2010

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Oh, another question. Do midwives deliver in hospitals where you live? I gave birth to my kids in PA (I moved back to Texas after they were born) and midwives deliver in hospitals there. I loved my midwife deliveries. It was the deliveries I wanted and how I wanted. Since I am high risk for unknown reasons, it was the best of both worlds for me.

Christina - posted on 11/27/2010

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I'm a nurse, and I personally do not agree with homebirths. Now, if you have an actual midwife that has a medical degree at the delivery, then that is another thing. I am also a strong supporter of those facilities that deliver babies without intervention (those birthing centers.) But out of my four babies, only one was born healthy. Three of my four needed life sustaining measures, and two of them there was no sign or symptom in advance that they would need help medically post delivery.

That being said, if you are really against a hospital birth, go for the home birth! Women gave birth for years at home, and as long as you understand that something could go wrong and are prepared for something to go wrong in case it does, then do it girl!

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Thats the best advice yet Kayleigh! I would advise any woman, with any birth plan, to hire a doula. They are amazing, and the best money you can spend.



And twins are not automatically "high risk". Many many many twins were born just fine before (and since) medical interventions became the norm. Women who CHOOSE homebirths are not "crazy people, lol". A woman who doesn't know she is pregnant with twins probably is, and that is not a "home birth" that is an accident. For the record, i was "accidentally" given birth to in an '84 Pontiac Fiero! And both me and my mom were fine.

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Oh, I also wanted to let you know that in my experience birth-center midwives will not do homebirths...you need to find a homebirth midwife.

Jessica - posted on 11/27/2010

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To deliver at a birthing center you have to be a low-risk pregnancy, twins are high-risk.

This is probably irrelevant but, I saw an episode of I didn't know I was pregnant where a lady was doing a home birth. She had absolutely no idea what she was doing and seemed like a crazy lady lol! She didn't know she was having twins and they both ended up being born breech in her bath tub. It's great that you've done so much research though, unlike that lady, definitely talk to a midwife about it.

Brianna - posted on 11/27/2010

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I dont think most midwifes would agree to a home birth. but ive heard of some hospitals having a midwife wing that is very much like home feeling. but if something would go wrong ur still in a hospital and can be transfered to the O.R.

Kayleigh - posted on 11/27/2010

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To Laura... the comparison between home/birthcenter births and hospital births, Usually only considers completely healthy pregnancies. Low risk hospital births have far more complications, intervention and infant mortality, than normal low risk pregnancies that happen at home and in birth centers.
They don't even consider the high risk births.

Rosie - posted on 11/27/2010

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isn't erin H on DM studying to be a midwife or doula? i know she's very interested in it, she might have some good info. i'd ask over in DM, jodi.

Isobel - posted on 11/27/2010

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ps...I'm pretty sure the infant mortality rate is lower with home births because ALL the births with ANY risks whatsoever are performed at hospitals. Just sayin'

Isobel - posted on 11/27/2010

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There's an L&D nurse named Mary in Debating Mums...maybe she could help you out.

Jodi - posted on 11/27/2010

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Thanks Tah, I was kind of hoping there might be a midwife or two here on COM (and there still could be!) who could give me some advice, even if it's just guiding me on how to reduce the interventions I feel sure to face with a hospital labor!
And Laura, I understand the very real risks of twins for a hospital birth, I am having a horrible time finding if those risks are reduced (because many many many risks are reduced with a homebirth for a singleton, including infant mortality in the US) or exasperated when comapred to a hospital birth.
To all, I am waiting for the birthing center to call back, and in all seriousness, if I'm told it's too dangerous, obviously the health of my children comes first..but hopefully they can help me make better decisions or point down an avenue of which I am thus far unaware to succeed in as minimally invasive and intervened birth as possible! Thanks Ladies!

Isobel - posted on 11/27/2010

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I wish you luck, but I certainly hope your wish for a home birth doesn't cause you to over-look some very real risks.

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i hope you can have the birth you want, but twins make it a whole new ball game, sometimes they do great up until the time of birth, so it seems you already know what to do, talk to a midwife and see what they say, they may be reluctant, but they also may have great advice..

Jodi - posted on 11/27/2010

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I plan on calling the birth center...but with T-day it's been hard getting a hold of someone. (you know, "call the following extension to speak to your midwfie." except that I dont' have a midwife yet!! lol)
Thanks ladies, my biggest obstacle (after seeing if I even CAN homebirth twins that is) is getting my husband on board...he seems to have this very dark ages outlook on homebirthh! lol

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Twins are always a little more tricky, your best bet is to call that birth center and talk to the midwives.. they will most likely be willing to come to your home for the birth... Some states require that twins be birthed in a hospital b/c you are considered "high risk" but that is not always the case. If you are more comfortable with a Birth center birth, and your ultrasounds at 32+ weeks shows both babies in vertex position you will most likely be allowed to go to a birth center, and maybe even a home birth. it all depends. I honestly would be concerned about breech, but that's your most common risk with a twin birth, but people are far more paranoid about breech births now that I really think they should be. if the baby is healthy and the midwife is well educated you usually have little to worry about.

All and all, call the birth center and set an appointment.

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im all for home births but with twins its a different situation and you may not even be able to find a midwife / OB willing to do it. i totally understand you not wanting another hospital birth because they do push alot on you especially with twins. i would talk to your midwife and see what she thinks and go from there. i think the best comprimise you will get is the birth centre but if you are confident and willing to try then i bet you can do it :) good luck girl

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