On the evening of Tuesday 21st August 2012 our journey began. I was getting mild contractions regularly at 12 minutes apart. I was starting to get excited about meeting our twins though I knew it could be a good while yet. We decided to go to bed and get some rest and see what the morning brought. The following morning at 5.40am Otis came in to us, got into bed [...]

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If you are pregnant with twins you will almost certainly be advised that a twin pregnancy carries higher risks than a singleton pregnancy. What is often not explained is that much of this risk is dealt with before you get to term. The main increased risks are pre-term birth and pre-eclampsia. The possibility of going into labour early need not deter you from planning a home birth: you can always [...]

Hospital Breech Birth Plan Summary : Natural Physiological Birth / Midwifery Led / All Fours / Hands off Breech Birth< Ideally we were hoping for a natural home delivery. Due to breech circumstances we feel it best to be in the hospital and to be supported in our plans for a natural physiological breech birth. We wish our care to be midwifery led, to be able to position freely / [...]

Until as recently as the 1970s, babies presenting bottom first or ‘breech’ were considered unusual but still normal in the UK and many were born at home with a midwife in attendance. With the increasing hospitalisation of birthing women and the increased medicalisation and development of obstetrics in the latter half of the 20th century, babies in the breech position in late pregnancy came to be seen as ‘abnormal’. Unfortunately [...]