My Twin Birth Story (Part 2)

My Twin Birth Story (Part 2)

My Twin Birth Story (Part 2)

 

Here is Part 2 of my twin birth story. If you haven’t read My Twin Birth Story (Part 1) you can follow the link to go back and catch up before reading this next instalment!

As we entered the theatre room, my adrenaline started to kick in. Up until now I had felt extremely calm and in control. But now that was all disappearing as we prepared for delivery. I sat on the bed and curled over so that the anaesthetist could administer my epidural. It was so hard to keep still! The adrenaline was pumping through my body, making me shake. I started counting in my head to try and calm my nerves.

Finally he had finished. I spun onto the bed and very quickly the room filled with about 15 people (yes, 15!). They all went around the room, introducing themselves and naming their role. Pete sat next to me and held my hand. Here we go. My heart was pounding.

Pete and I were filled with anticipation and excitement. We are going to meet our babies,  we are going to be PARENTS in a few moments. Gulp. Waiting for that sound of your babies’ first cry is a feeling I cannot describe. But you know what I mean. At 10.54am, one baby was born. I felt my eyes well up. One minute later, our second baby was brought into the world. Oh my goodness. We are parents. We have two babies. We are now a family of four.

 

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The first time we met our beautiful babies! We had a boy and a girl! What a fabulous surprise.

 

Boys? Girls? One of Each?

A lovely midwife came over to Pete and said: ‘Come over and see what you have got, then you can tell Haley’. It felt like an eternity waiting to hear. Pete bent down to me and exclaimed: ‘We have a girl and a boy, and they’re perfect!’. Oh my goodness. A daughter and a son. Words cannot express how grateful I was to have two healthy babies. How blessed are we? I am so happy that we chose not to find out the sex of the babies until they were born. It made this exact moment just spectacular.  

Pete bought Twin 1 (we didn’t have names yet) over for me to meet her. She had the tiniest little face with a cute button nose. She was wrapped up in a huge towel so holding her was like holding the most precious rugby ball in the world,  ha. That was when I started to feel faint.

‘Take her away Pete’ I said. ‘I don’t feel well’. They took Pete and the babies out of theatre. Something wasn’t right.

Theatre Drama

Throughout this time all I kept thinking was: ‘I wish I could just fall asleep so that this would be over’. I heard in the background lots of rushing around, people repeating: ‘code blue code blue…where’s the blood? Why is it taking so long?’. I kept drifting in and out of consciousness. A lovely lady stood by my head and explained that I had lost a lot of blood do they were just waiting for the blood to arrive. All I kept thinking was: ‘I know I am going to be ok. I have faith that I will be out soon and that I will be with my new family’. I wasn’t scared. I just wanted it to be over.

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Holding my babies for the first time was just magical. Here’s Beatrice and Francis holding hands.

 

I could feel the sensation of my stomach being moved around inside me, it was very odd to say the least. Over and over again I kept vomiting so they had to keep tilting the bed so I could be sick. I kept my eyes closed throughout. Pete was on my mind the whole time, hoping he was ok with our brand new babies.

Finally, it was over. I couldn’t stop shaking, I was freezing cold. I guess it was the effect of what my poor body had been through. They covered me in a blanket and put a heater underneath to keep me warm. I looked at the clock on the wall. 12.55pm. I had been in there for almost 3 hours. As they wheeled me out of theatre I saw Pete waiting anxiously outside of the room. He had help to dress the babies and give them a feed. Pete gave me a massive hug. I think what he had experienced was far worse than what I had actually, anxiously waiting for me to return.

The consultant came to speak to me about what had actually happened after my caesarean. Due to carrying twins, my uterus was so stretched that once the babies had been taken out, it wasn’t contracting back fast enough, so I kept losing blood. 3.5 litres to be exact. Over half of the blood in my body. Shocking. Incredibly, they were able to recycle a litre of my own blood and then the rest was donated. People who generously gave blood had absolutely saved my life that day. I will be forever grateful for that.

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Newborn babies are the tiniest little things! We still couldn’t believe that we had two babies to look after.

 

Moving on After the Caesarean

So now I just needed to concentrate on recovering. Hard when you’ve just had two babies to care for. Pete really was sensational. He was a natural at handling our precious little bundles of joy and the pride beaming out of his face as he held them will be something I will always remember. We were parents to two tiny little babies! They were named Twin 1 and Twin 2 as we wanted to sleep on our decision for names.  Finally we made our choices: Annabelle and Francis. How perfect. Well actually, not quite…

Throughout the whole pregnancy Twin 1 was named ‘1’ because they were closest to my cervix. That twin was head down so in theory a natural delivery was a definite option. Why go through surgery when you don’t have to? I thought. So natural birth was on the plan. However, when it came to actually giving birth , Twin 2 had wedged their feet just under Twin 1’s head. Therefore natural was no longer an option and as a result, Twin 2 was born first, promoting them to gaining the title of ‘Twin 1’ as they were the first baby to be born. What a cheeky little monkey! With this in mind, looking at her mischievous little face, actually Annabelle didn’t fit right. That’s when Pete and I decided on actually ‘Beatrice’ was more fitting. So finally, we had named our twin babies: Beatrice and Francis. NOW it was perfect.

Birth Announcement! They are here. Beatrice and Francis, welcome to the world. You do not know how loved you already are.

 

How Does Your Story Compare?

Did you have any similar experiences to ours?

 

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8 Comments

  1. Claire
    April 28, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Haley, Reading your story was surreal.. it is practically exactly the way my labour/recovery went on the boys in January. Reading your words brought it all back to me.. the busy room.. everyone shouting at each other about a blood transfusion.. the scariest moment of my life. Like you.. I just kept thinking of my husband who was alone with our new babies not knowing where I was or what was happening me. I could never put it into words but your words describe my experience perfectly. How strange. P.s . Oscars strawberry has decreased so much in size sonce we started on propranolol 3 weeks ago!! Love reading your updates!!

    • April 28, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Hi Clare, thank you so much for your message. It was hard to write to be honest. The recovery was harder I think because it lasts for weeks. Was your recovery the same? Amazing about the treatment! xx

  2. Silvia
    April 30, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I went through a pretty similar post birth horror story! I managed to deliver our twins through natural birth, but then, like yours, my uterus didn’t contract quickly enough and suddenly we had 12 doctors in the room. I had our baby Max (Twin 2) taken away from me as the midwives rushed around to stop the bleeding. And I remember vividly my partner’s face as he could actually see what was happening, blood everywhere! He cried for the first time in his adult life then, he told me afterwards that he has never been so scared in his life!
    Like you, all I could think about was the babies. I was still in a haze, quite calm and waiting for it to be all over so I could hold them. I too lost 3litres of blood, but didn’t need a transfusion… My partner was dressing and changing our babies’ nappies for the next couple of days, and bringing them to me so I could breastfeed. He was incredible!

    Thank you for sharing your story, it’s amazing what our bodies can do!

    • April 30, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Hi Silvia, thank you for getting in contact. Sorry to hear your experience was similar. It makes us stronger though hey. Yes I can relate to so much of what you have experienced. Massive well done for doing it naturally! Super mum! xx

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    • May 2, 2017 / 12:24 pm

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  4. Nicki
    May 2, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience, I am pregnant with twins and the birth terrifies me even though I have had two children already, think it’s the uncertainty of it all!
    Lovely to read an honest account of a twin birth that doesn’t make it sound all perfect and trouble free!

    • May 2, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you Nicki. I know what you mean – the uncertainty is harder! But you know it’s all worth it when you have your little ones. Good luck with it all xxx

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