I was just shy of 35 weeks when I had some friends come stay for a weekend. I had a wonderful pregnancy and was feeling very healthy and not expecting labour at this stage.
At 5am on the 16th April I woke to my waters gushing. I called the hospital to let them know. After convincing the midwife that it was I fact undoubtedly my waters breaking, she told me to come straight in and bring my bags (which I had conveniently just finished packing a few days earlier).
I had to wake all our friends staying in our spare rooms to let them know we might not be there when they wake up! Once admitted, I was hooked up to monitors to check both heart beats. The on call obstetrician informed me that they would put me on be rest and have me induced on the Monday. However, my body had other plans. My contractions started by 10am and could not be mistaken for my regular Braxton hicks.
I danced my way through the first 10 hours of labour as, listening to Whitney Houston classics and using the fit ball as my contractions intensified. My husband Chuck was an amazing support making me laugh and giving me regular massages as my contractions got closer. I had two injections of steroids for the babies lungs as I was just short of 35 weeks.
By 8pm I tried having a shower but the vomiting started, which the midwife told me is a normal sign that things were starting to move quickly.
I was moved into birth suite by 10pm and by 11pm I decided to have the epidural. I was happy to prolong it as I preferred being able to move around during the active stages of labour. By 2am I was fully dilated and started the pushing stage shortly after. Both babies were very cooperative and were head down so I was able to attempt a natural delivery.
At 4.31am I gave birth to my first girl, Arinya (Rinnie/ Ari) Ocean who was 2175g and 45cm. Twin two had moved positions but my doctor and I had discussed the options prior. Twin two was still head down but facing head up. He understood a natural delivery was my preference. I had a minor cut to ensure there was no serious tears. 25mins later Tallulah (Lulu) Capri Christie was born at 4.56am 17th April at 2045g and 44cm. It was the most incredible experience holding my first born in my arms whilst pushing out my second baby.
So they are all the facts but they don't come close to describing the experience and feelings associated with my birth experience. I am so grateful for the for the amazing women I have met over the past few months, encouraging and empowering me to trust my body to do what it is built for. My labour was incredible and I felt calm and in control through the whole experience. I kept reminding myself to let go and trust that my body knows what to do. I had a smile on my face the whole time, breathing through each contraction, satisfied knowing every push brings me closer to my girls.
A big thank you to you for the amazing two day Calmbirth class. Having the knowledge about the stages of labour, allowed me to enter each stage relaxed and prepared. All of the techniques for breathing were excellent and came in handy especially for my final push- the doctor said to me the head was coming out and told me to stop pushing and Chuck shouted "hot chips!" And I straight away remembered how to breathe like I was blowing on hot chips! Chuck was calm and motivating throughout the experience and that's a credit to you for the priceless education you provided, ensuring he didn't freak out when seeing me in pain.
Thanks again for all your support!