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