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Baby Mason & Megan

Birth of Megan and Mason

It’s hard to know where to start. It has been, a roller-coaster of a year. It all started back in June 2014. I went for my first 12 week scan. We announced on Facebook and told my family that we were expecting our 2nd baby. I started making plans in my head. I was going to try for a home water birth. I wanted to have all the options available to me. All was going well. We went to a wedding, of a family friend, in July 2014. I started bleeding heavy. An ambulance was called but sadly our baby had died

I’d had a miscarriage. The hospital I was at could not have been more helpful. I gave birth to our baby on the 21st of July 2014. We came home and found support from a group called SANDS. Whom helped me learn, to make my loss bearable.

This was a tough year, but with support from SANDS and my family. I was able to find a little peace. After much discussion with my husband, we decided to try again, we weren’t prepared for getting pregnant so quickly. We was apprehensive and excited at the same time.

We found out I was expecting in November of 2014. I just went day by day. I was very apprehensive. Every twinge or slight pain. I would be asking all the time was this ok. Then it came to the 12 week scan. After what I had been through, just to hear a heartbeat was ok with me. My mum was with me, as my husband had to work. We were called in. I could not look at the screen. I just remember the sonographer saying, “are you ready for this, there are two babies.”

After much jumping around, hugs and tears. She managed to get our first pictures. Family were told and we were all excited. From then on it all went well. At around 16 weeks I signed up with Kate Hughes. To her MummyNatal class. She taught me about relaxing and breathing. Plus any questions I had, she would inform me of all my options.

We did make the decision to have a hospital birth, It felt right for us. At about 30 weeks, I was going to hospital twice weekly for monitoring. I did develop gestational diabetes, this was controlled through my diet. All was going well until are last scan at 35 weeks. The consultant started looking at the babies and announced that Twin 1, whom we now known was Mason, was head down.

I squeezed my husband hand, as this meant i could try for a virginal birth. Then the silence came. It felt like ages the consultant said. ” How quickly could you come in”. It turned out both were fine, but my diabetes had masked the fact Megan was smaller than what i had been told. Plus Masons placenta was calcifiing.

With making arrangements with parents. Morgan our eldest, was in good hands. I was admitted to hospital. I was given two steriod injections. They are not a bee sting. They hurt, a lot. I thought i would be going home the next day, to be given an appointment for a c section. Nope, next thing i know, I’m being told that i was having my babies on Friday 29th May 2015.

I woke up that morning feeling very nervous. All I could do to keep myself calm was use the breathing techniques Kate had taught me. Plus I kept hearing her words of calm she always gave at the end of her lessons.

I was told I would be having the c section in the morning and I would be back on the ward that afternoon. As it is always the way, this did not happen. Due to emergencies, I didn’t go down till late afternoon. My midwifes were very impressed on how calm I was. I went to theatre at 5pm and by 6pm. Mason Dylan Green and Megan Gwyneth Green. Were born.

Mason was 5lb 7 and Megan was 4lb 8. Both healthy and crying there eyes out. Reuben managed to cut the cord of one of the twins. I was holding them almost straight away. Skin to skin, just as i had asked and written down in my birth plan.

Feeding was a struggle at first as they had to be supplemented with formula but once my milk came in, I was able to provide the right amount to feed them with.

Mason and Megan are now 4 months old. They are both nearly 12lb each. It has been hard at times, we are getting there. I learn something different about them every day. I keep having to remind myself that they are here.

We have signed up with Kate for baby massage. Im already starting to see how this helps me and the babies. I would love to thank Kate for all her helpful techniques and information. It has helped me alot even now,. When i find myself needing to calm down, after a long day, I will use the meditation lessons. I’m sorry by birth journey is long. It has been great writing it but Thank you for reading.

Birth Story – Eliza

Baby Eliza

At 37 weeks pregnant, I had an examination and was told I was 2cm dilated, and in ‘slow labour’. As a first time mum, I began to get excited and anxious that established labour was imminent! I told myself that baby will come when baby is ready, and tried to relax remembering the techniques learnt in class.

At 38 weeks pregnant, I was worried I was showing signs of an infection and baby had slightly reduced movements throughout the day. After a trip to the hospital, test results came back clear, and baby was very happy on the monitor! However it was decided by the consultant that I was no longer allowed my planned home birth and I was to be induced at 9:30am on my due date.I remembered that I did have a choice, and after a lot of discussion and questions with various midwifes and consultants, I decided to go against the consultants advice and carried on with my original plan to have a home birth. I opted to go for daily monitoring just to check baby was happy. I felt that this was the best decision for me and my baby.

On the 25th of May, at 11am, my contractions started. I had been having periods of stop/start contractions for several weeks so I tried to relax and carried on as normal, hoping that this was the real deal! By 1pm, my contractions came on strong and were around 4 minutes apart. Initial panic set in, but I focused on my breathing techniques and counted through my contractions which really helped to calm me down. By 4pm my contractions were coming every 2-3 minutes lasting roughly 60 seconds, so I decided to contact the home birth team. After being examined I was very disheartened to find out that I was now only 3cm. I focused on the positives, and told myself that my body was doing what it needed to do!I tried to stay calm at home, focusing on my body and baby. By 10pm, I felt like I needed some form of pain relief as the contractions were becoming much stronger. I had been told earlier in the week that baby was back to back, so I tried various positions that I learnt in class to help with the contractions whilst I waited for the midwife to return. I was examined again as I wanted to know what stage my labour was at. Again, I felt disheartened as I was now only 4cm. By this point I had became pretty exhausted, and I wasn’t coping as well as I liked with the contractions.

I made the decision with the support of my partner, to go into hospital where I could receive stronger pain relief. This was the right decision for me, as I instantly began to relax once in the hospital. I was examined again at 12pm and was relieved to now find out that I was 6cm! YAY! I was then moved onto the labour ward! I carried on counting through my contractions, and kept active around the room. By 1pm my contractions were now coming 1 minute apart, and I was becoming very exhausted.

Even though on my birth plan I only chose to have gas and air, I made the decision to request an epidural as I felt this was right for me. However, it was exceptionally busy on the labour ward through the night, and I wasn’t able to have the epidural straight away. I breathed through my contractions, went into my ‘zone’, and told myself that I was strong, and that my body was designed to do this! At 7am I was finally given the epidural, and I was 9cm! Double Yay! I was so proud that I had managed to get to 9cm on gas and air. I caught up on a couple of hours sleep before being woken up with the news that I was now ready to push!

Throughout the night, baby had shown signs of distress, and was now in a tricky position, so it was decided that if after an hour of pushing baby wasn’t moving, I may need a little help with forceps! The hour flew by before I knew it! But unfortunately baby didn’t want to move! I was then taken to theatre for a forceps delivery and told that if this didn’t work I would be having a C sections. Everything seem to move very quickly, and I quickly become anxious. I tried to remain calm with my breathing techniques and focused on the fact that very soon I would be meeting my baby!

Once in theatre, baby shown further signs of distress and was still in a difficult position, so I was prepped for a C section….

Baby Eliza and parentsAt 11:12am, right on her due date, my beautiful little girl, was born, and she was so worth the wait! Pure love and joy soon replaced the earlier feelings of anxiety. I believe that by listening to my body, I made the right decision to go against induction, and once relaxed, baby knew exactly when she wanted to enter the world! A huge thank you to you Kate, you taught me so many great techniques that helped me through my labour, and although it was a ‘tricky’ labour…I would do it all over again in a heart beat!

Welcome to the world Eliza Amy Jane