The birth of my IVF twins
My husband had testicular Cancer 12 years before we conceived our IVF twins on our first cycle. We feel 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 ofexhaustion. The Dr checked and decided that Twin 1 was trying to come outshoulder 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 3rd May 2013 at 2040g (4pd5oz).
Luckily Twin 2 turned head down and was held by one of themidwives until it was his turn to be born.
I tried to push a few more times but I was physicallyexhausted and didn't have the energy. With some help from the vacuum, Zayleb Charles was born at12.11am on Saturday 4th May 2013 at 3280g (7pd2oz).
I was stitched and given 3 blood transfusions while my boys were taken to 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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28-07-2013 21:59 #31
The birth of my IVF twins
01-08-2013 12:13 #32
01-08-2013 12:15 #33
Thanks to everyone who emailed their birth story to me! I'll email you back when I've made them live and I'll send you the link so you can share with whoever you like!
Love reading these! So many awesome and varied experiences!
01-08-2013 23:23 #34
Copied from the birth stories section so may need editing for current purpose.
A little background info:
DH and I had one amazing little girl in april 2009. the delivery was hell though with being induced for pre-eclampsia via ARM and syntocin. I had heavy intervention every step of the way and awful midwives until towards the end when there was a shift change. I chose to have pethidine which made me feel so high and out of it and then ended up choosing an epidural as well. DD heart rate was dipping badly with each contraction.at fully dilated the Ob got me to trial pushing and after two pushes the room flooded with people and i was told baby needed to come out now as her eart rate had dropped to 20 beats per minute. rushed off for an emergency c section, heamoraged and DH was kicked out of the operating room with bub. by the time i got to hold my DD 4 hours later other family members had held her and taken photos, she had been cleaned off and put in a hospital gown and DH was completely distressed as he had gotten no answers on what was happening with me and had a new baby that was screaming with hunger. I ended up with an infection and PND.
it took us nearly a year before we decided TTC again because we were both so scared of the birth. We had fertility issues with chlomid and gonal f injections both failing and it wasn't until we got a second opinion that I had a Lap surgery in July 2012 and they found severe endometriosis everywhere and that my uterus was completely adhered to my stomach wall. The fertility specialists said my best chance of conceiving was IVF asap. DH and I decided that we were not ready emotionally to continue down the fertility treatment path and would just enjoy our family of 3 and discuss it at a later time. So it was with shock that we discovered i was pregnant on my second cycle after the surgery. I took 3 home pregnancy tests and then cried with joy and shock.
i had decided i would most likely choose an elective cesarean as i wanted a calmer birth and was scared of birth trauma. At 30 weeks we moved to a different area and i managed to get a spot at a hospital that was wonderful. it was only because they had had a cancellation that they could fit me in from 34 weeks. From the first visit i was met with the most supportive midwives and Obs and the overall philosophies of birth were one of hands off and avoiding unnecessary intervention. after chats with many midwives i decided i wanted to try for a Vbac, the hospital had no hard and fast rules regarding progression time or not going overdue, only that i had to have CTG monitoring.
I started having pre-labour signs and irregular contractions just before 38 weeks, strectch and sweep at 38 weeks gave me lots of wicked cramps but it all tapered off in a couple of days. at 39+5 i had an Ob appointment and we booked a c section date for 10 days post due date if i hadn't had bub ( i did not want to be induced and would prefer a c section to induction because the rates of successful Vbac become so much lower). The Ob gave me a stretch and sweep and said she was sure I wouldn't need the booked c section.
That night had lots of painful cramping and DH suggested i take some panadol and try to rest. At 3.15am i woke up to a strong contraction. I layed in bed thinking it was more pre-labour but quickly realised they were coming pretty close together and were pretty painful. I woke DH and he called his parents who live 10 hrs away to let them know it was time and they jumped in the car to start the trip here. I coped with the contraction which were about 5 minutes apart by showering, then rocking on my fit ball whilst watching some light hearted tv shows with DH for distraction. Just before 6am i got a really powerful long contraction that made me cry and then my water broke. DH got DD out of bed and dressed and put the bags in the car. My contractions hit with full force coming 3 minutes apart. We called a friend to come get DD from the hospital and take her to child care.
at the hospital i arrived at shift change and the lovely midwife who met me in the carpark as she was arriving for her shift helped me through the contractions on the way to the birth suite and took over my care. I labored by breathing and moaning through the contractions for a bit and then fear took over and i was soon yelling and panicing, i wanted an epidural but was scared i would sabotage my Vbac. The midwife was great an said that sometimes it can be better to have one if i can't cope as the fear can make my labour longer and not as effective anyway. I was 6cm and said i wanted the epidural(i think that was about 9am). it took 3 goes for the anesthetist to get the Epi in and another few contractions before it started to kick in.
getting the Epidural was the best choice because after that i was able to be clear headed and stopped panicing. i continued to progress well but slowly. bubs heart rate was perfect the whole time. About 2pm i had a high fever so was given antibiotics. At 2.30 the Ob said i was fully dilated but they wanted to wait an hour for bub to fully descend as low as possible before pushing. Just before 3.30pm the midwives got me set up for pushing with stirrups that i could put my feet flat against to brace against. i burst into tears because I was scared as it was at pushing stage that it all went horrible with DD. The midwife was amazing telling me it was nothing like last time, that my body was doing exactly what it was meant to and reassuring me that bub was completely happy in there. As i pushed the Epidural wore off and the pain was a bit of a shock. DH was amazing reminding me when to breathe and to bear down correctly and getting me to sip water in between. He was the picture of calm and control. After an hour of pushing the Ob came in and said i was pushing perfectly but suggested using ventouse to help me a bit as i was exhausted. I continued pushing whilst the Ob, midwives and DH laughed and made jokes because the Ob couldn't get the ventouse to stay on because apparently bub had a full head of thick black hair. The feeling of pressure just before i pushed his head out was like nothing else i could ever describe it was so intense. As his head came out he did a full rotation and was staring up at the Ob and DH. The whole time the Ob was amazing and relaxed and joking with DH. At 4.38pm our not so little man, Wesley John, entered the world, weighing 4.035 kgs. He was placed straight onto my chest and ha a bit of rubbing from the midwife whilst on my chest then he let out his first cries. I was just in absolute awe that this beautiful little creature had just come out of my belly and was mine. They waited until the cord stopped pulsing and DH cut the cord. He stayed skin to skin on my chest until i gave him to DH for a cuddle about 15 minutes later. DH had a quick cuddle and then handed him back to me saying he had hours of cuddles with DD before i got to and this time was all mine, he had plenty of time for cuddles. We stayed skin to skin and DS had his first feed about an hour after being born, latched on like a pro. DH rang his parents who had arrived before Wes had and they brought DD to the hospital. I had said i only wanted DD to come in and have special time meeting her brother. DD was so excited and gentle with him. she sat on the bed with us having snuggles.
The only time Wesley left me was for a quick minute to be weighed a couple of hours after he was born and then when the midwife helped me up to shower. I was on such a high that at only 4 hours after labour i was up, showered and caring for my beautiful boy. It was a completely different experience from DDs birth. The hospital we were at have all private rooms with double beds so partners can stay the night ( yes in the public system too). I couldn't sleep because i was so elated. It was the most amazing, healing birth experience. I will never forget that feeling and am so happy i was encouraged to try for a Vbac. I couldn't have asked for better support or care than what we received from the maternity team. they were simple amazing and empowering.
Wesley will be 1 week old tomorrow (already!) and I am absolutely smitten with him. I know how fast they grow and this will be my last bub so i am more than happy to spend hours just snuggling and marvelling at my baby boy. His big sister adores him and loves to help with anything she can.
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07-08-2013 13:50 #35
Also, usually we put a "thanks to mum ... " at the bottom. If you'd like me to do this we can use your bh username if you don't mind, or if you'd prefer to keep the post separate from your forum identity that is fine also and in that case we can just use your first name. Let me know what you'd prefer. PM or email me at editor @ bubhub.com .au (without the spaces!). Thanks! Awesome story!
15-11-2013 13:57 #36
Thanks again for posting your birth story! I've uploaded it to the site today and it is now live: http://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/vbac-birth-story/
All the best to you and your family!
15-11-2013 15:49 #37
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03-12-2013 09:53 #38
Thanks @Atropos! I've PMed you.
Now that bheditor's on maternity leave (yay, new baby ) I'll be heading up the blog front!
If anyone wants to submit their birth story, you can still email the editor @ bubhub.com.au (without the spaces), and that'll come through to me! Or PM me, or post in the thread.
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09-12-2013 17:17 #39
Happy for you to use mine - I was only just thinking about my daughter's birth story the other day as it was her 4th birthday *sniff*
On Saturday the 5th of December 2009, when I was 38+2weeks pregnant, I sat down to watch cartoons at about 8am. My partner was still working in central QLD, 14 hours from where I was staying with my parents. We didn't expect baby for another 2 weeks at least so he was taking the time to do some extra work. As I sat down, I felt a sudden gush. I just made it to the toilets in time for a second gush. My mother was completely terrified, she had NO intentions of being at the birth of her first grandchild. We made hurried calls to my partner to get home and then headed up to the hospital.
We were shown a room and told to wait. The midwife said we'd more than likely be induced the next morning. My mum was hungry so with nothing happening, we headed to the cafeteria where I promptly threw up my egg and lettuce sandwich and had my first contraction. Back in the room, I laboured with the help of my best friend and mum, mostly in the shower. At around 4pm, a midwife came to check my obs. She sent us straight to the labour ward where another midwife told us she'd be back soon to settle us in. By this stage I was in so much pain, I got back in the shower. After about 45 minutes I suddenly knew I needed to push. My mum hurriedly found a midwife (who hadn't even been in to see us yet and didn't believe I needed to push). The midwife barely had time to put a set of gloves on and Zoe Paige was born completely naturally at 5.03pm.
Hope that was okay! Let me know if it's not :-)
09-12-2013 17:30 #40
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