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Birth story: the birth of my IVF twins

natural birth of ivf twinsMy husband had testicular cancer 12 years before we conceived our IVF twins on our first cycle. We felt so blessed that it was so easy and are grateful for our miracle boys.

I had a relatively trouble-free pregnancy (despite the morning sickness and heartburn)! At 35 weeks I was induced due to IUGR (Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction) of Twin 1.

I elected for an epidural due to the unknown of Twin 2 (who was transverse at the time but could have turned breech).

My waters were broken and I began contracting but not enough that I was able to push.

Many hours of waiting later, I started to push but after an hour I was almost blacking out because of exhaustion. The doctor checked and decided that Twin 1 was trying to come out shoulder first and that they would have to deliver him with forceps.

With a few more pushes at 11.57pm Cooper William was born on Friday May 3, 2013, at 2040g (4lb5oz).

Luckily Twin 2 turned head down and was held by one of the midwives until it was his turn to be born.

I tried to push a few more times but I was physically exhausted and didn’t have the energy. With some help from the vacuum, Zayleb Charles was born at12.11am on Saturday May 4 2013 at 3280g (7lb2oz).

I was stitched and given three blood transfusions while my boys were taken to the special care nursery. Cooper was generally OK with some slight jaundice, while Zayleb ended up on CPAP in the isolette for a week because of breathing difficulties.

Both boys were tube-fed initially with EBM. Cooper thrived while Zayleb struggled.

After 26 days in hospital I took my boys home fully breastfed where they have continued to grow. They are now three months old and although being a twin mum comes with its challenges I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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