Birth Stories

Birth Story Of The Week – Adhiya and Ariya – Parenting Twins Article

Our pregnancy had been far from straightforward.  We had naturally conceived triplets, but then due to the make up of the pregnancy and other complications, we had been advised to ‘reduce’ the pregnancy to either one or two babies. Although we begrudgingly had the procedure to reduce to two babies, things were no less complicated.  There were more complications, more heartache, more decision making.  What should have been a wonderful time, was often heartwrenchingly sad and shrouded in darkness.  It…

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Nobody Tells You…. – Gas and Air Blog – Parenting Twins Article

I did not want to get pregnant, our family was complete, and I had recently had the coil inserted. My periods went a bit haywire after this so it was difficult to track what was normal and what wasn’t and the GP reassured me that this was to be expected whilst my body got used to the coil.   A few months later my period came. 2 weeks later it was still going and I had strange tummy pains I…

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Remembering Henry – Gas and Air Blog – Parenting Twins Article

In early 2014, I was an excited first time parent eagerly anticipating the birth of my son Henry. I had no maternity background, I naively believed that after the 12 and 20 week scans, you were in the clear. I’d never heard of fetal growth restriction, and if you’d asked me what I knew about stillbirth, I’d have probably looked at you a bit awkwardly and tried to change the subject. You see, I knew it was a thing, but…

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We need to talk about Stillbirth – Parenting Twins Article

As an obstetric doctor or midwife, it’s always such a privilege to share in the excitement of new life coming into the world. But every so often you also witness the devastating lows, when life is lost too soon. Nine babies are stillborn every day in the UK. This means they have died after 24 weeks of pregnancy or during birth. There’s no training for healthcare professionals that can really prepare you for this. The pain you feel will never…

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Positive and Pregnant – Gas and Air Blog – Parenting Twins Article

To look at me, I am no different from any other run of the mill mother.  I am happily married to my husband and we have three amazing, healthy children.  We work, we play, we parent, we love.  So I’ll continue with this little story of all three of my births and see if you can work out why I’ve been asked to share my particular journey.   I conceived my three babies naturally, perhaps a little too easily at…

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Birth Story Of The Week – Lorna and Reggie – Parenting Twins Article

I’m incredibly grateful for my three beautiful babies. All of them with their own unique and diverse birth story. But the tale of my third, and final (it’s absolutely our last) baby is one that I am so proud to tell – and that is something I thought I would never be able to say. Despite believing I was fully prepared for all my births; I really wasn’t equipped to deal with the physical and mental aftermath. So, with two…

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Birth Story of the Week – Kym, Jade and Tate – Parenting Twins Article

We planned our son. We always knew that I would carry any babies we had, you know when each partner knows their roles within a marriage? Well that’s us. I will be the the waddling child bearer and my darling wife will be the one to continue to work full time and be the main earner for our family.  She’s the one who entertains with jokes, I’m the one who entertains by cooking for people. Like I said, we know…

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Birth Story of the week – Erin and Roman – Parenting Twins Article

My name is Erin Smithers (or Noandroblog) I am 23 years old, the  mother of two lively, beautiful boys and a student nurse. I became a mother at 16 years old, and never had anyone to discuss my ‘birth story’ with so it’s quite the honour to put it on Gas & Air! My first birth was an event of blur, angst and big red alarms. There was definite fear around Roman’s birth. I had a ‘my body is made to do…

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Birth Story of the week – Steph and Bea – Parenting Twins Article

A birth is a birth, no matter the outcome – something which I stand by every single day. I’m a midwife so having a baby was a whole multitude of emotions for me – the worry and panic of everything that can happen but also the capacity to know about the incredible outcomes and the families we see created. On Wednesday 1st November, I went into hospital to be induced. The induction took a while for anything to happen, mostly…

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VBAC Water Birth – Sarah and Libby – Parenting Twins Article

I had my first baby in 2013, after 3 days in labour they found that he wasn’t actually head down and his head was stuck in the side of my pelvis, which meant an emergency c-section (something I had not prepared for as I was terrified of it so thought rather naively that I wasn’t going to have a section) Noah was born by emergency section on 9th June 2013, 10 days early but a healthy 6lbs 13oz. When we…

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