We had our first childbirth prep class last week and I wasn’t really prepared. I guess I was sort of going through the motions by scheduling the class but I hadn’t really thought much about what material would be covered. Oh you know, little things like going into labor and pain management and the fact that two people have to come out of my vagina. You know, no biggie.
I learned two things among others that really stood out. One: they’re going to likely push me into getting an epidural. And two: when/if your water breaks and you feel the umbilical cord coming out of your vagina, you have to stand on your head, push it back in, and call 911. WTF?!
Back to number one, call me crazy but my dream was to try for natural childbirth. I’m being super flexible on my “birth plan” (i.e., I don’t have one, besides just having two healthy babies), but meds was something I wanted to try to do without. I asked my doctor about epidurals and he completely changed my mind. Haha. He said that with twins, if I don’t have an epidural and there’s a problem with B after delivering A they may have to put me under general anesthesia for an emergency c-section. I do NOT want to miss out on any of the childbirth experience so that is NOT cool. Then he said that often times they have to go in and manually (i.e., insert man-size arm elbow deep into my vagina) pull B out by the feet (don’t worry, they’re skilled in this kind of delivery). The thought of an entire arm or two up my vagina and then a baby coming out feet first was enough for me. We’ll get set up with an epidural, do a test to make sure it’s working and then I can ask them to start the meds at a low dose whenever I’m ready. That way if we need it in the event of an emergency, we’re good to go. Or if I change my mind and simply can’t take the pain then we’re all set up.
Of course this all assumes A stays vertex so that vaginal delivery is an option. Otherwise c-section it is, but I’d really really really like to avoid that if at all possible. I don’t want to be recovering from surgery AND caring for two newborns. But, hey – I’ll do what ever it takes to have two healthy babies.
And number two…holy shit! Are you effing serious?! I just made the instructor reassure me by telling me that umbilical cords do not typically come out when your water breaks. Extremely rare. Gah! I wish I didn’t even know about this potential complication.
We have our second class the week after next and our third and final sometime in June. The woman who’s leading it is a labor and delivery RN at the hospital where I’m delivering, so she has lots of great insight. She also knows my doctors really well. Since the group class she leads is for singletons, we get a one-on-one class with her that’s geared toward twins out of the comfort of our own living room. Very nice. And my cat loved her, so she must be a good person. 🙂