Why is it such a big no no with twins? I had my son in hospital and it was awful, went on to have dd1 and dd2 at home with dd2 being a water birth. Dd2's birth was wonderful so much easier in water. Have been told I must have my twins in hospital as no midwifes would be willing to cover a home birth. I have come to terms with that, but really want a relaxed low intervention water birth. Obviously If there was any problems I would do whatever was advised, but really scared of being strapped to monitors and confined to bed. I haven't actually managed to speak to the consultant yet, so unsure of his views. I'm due to see him at 28 weeks I'm 21 weeks now. Have started reading up on the subject and have had some excellent advise from another mums netter jennyroper. Would be interested to hear other twin mums experiences. My twins are in separate sacks with separate placentas, so lower risk I think.
I think part of the reasoning is the great risk of bleeding post birth. There's no reason why you couldn't have a water birth but you would have to fight for it. Lots of YOUtube birthing videos of twins in water and triplet vaginal births.
I think you should get in touch with Mary Cronk (you'll have to google). Also the midwifery yahoo group. Email me again and I'll send you the link (though probably not before tomorrow as I'm just out the door).
Hi LargeGlass, my consultant said I could get in the pool for the first stage of labour but would need to get out before transition so they could monitor me properly. In the end, I was induced after my waters broke so no possibility of using the pool anyway. Good luck to you - I loved my water birth with DD1.
thanks all, sorry pc at home has crashed so had to wait till I was at work to reply Can't afford an independant midwife unfortuantly, will have a look at Mary Cronk, have watched the you tube videos mars makes me want one even more.
Twins really are a greater risk birth. Everyone wants a great birth experience but in the end it's all about having healthy babies and a healthy mother. I would be very open minded as to what the consultant has to say regarding what is safest for all.
Ah thanks breadandroses, I'm in Gloucester. Have looked at mary cronk but will google Jane Evans. Spoke to mum at school today who's a assistent on labour ward and she advised I call or write to head of midwifery. She's going to get me the name, also find out what the guildlines in the hospital are.
What really helped me was having a one-to-one midwife, as she was able to advocate for me, for example when they wanted me to come into hospital at 37 weeks to do a 24 hour urine collection, it was her who insisted this could be carried out from home. There were countless occasions like this when she said "no" when I wouldn't have had the knowledge or energy to challenge the consultant- not the he was pushy, just more concerned with possible risks and less able to listen to what I wanted. So well worth finding out if you have a similar scheme there. You may well find birth centre midwives more willing to accommodate a water birth.
I think you are in a MUCH stronger position both with the hospital, and with your own body, as you have had normal labours and so know what to expect. You just need to keep telling them that you can do this!