Where Was I The Day You Were Born – Foster Parents Article

I’ve tried a thousand times to remember. Every year I think about it again. Where was I on the day you were born? Did I somehow know something momentous was happening in a hospital room on the other side of town? Did I feel something in my gut? In my bones? Was it truly just another day of making breakfast, and reading to my toddler, and staring at the phone, willing it to ring with news of a child that…

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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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15 Tricks for Telling Identical Twins Apart – Parenting Twins Article

How do Parents Tell Identical Twins Apart? Being a new parent can be a challenge especially when it’s your first, and it’s even more of a challenge when you have identical twins. If you’re lucky you will give birth to a boy and a girl, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. So, how do parents… 16. August 2019 This is only a snippet of a Twins Parents Article written by Tony Read Full Parenting Article

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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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Study Looks at Delivery Time and Risks for Second Twin – Parenting Twins Article

A group of Italian researchers explore whether not the inter-twin delivery interval affects the second twin during and after delivery. The inter-twin delivery interval is the time between the delivery of the first and second twin. Their results were published in the The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine in May 2018. 400 twin pregnancies between January 2000 and July 2017 were included. Only pregnancies where the mothers had given birth to the first twin vaginally were included. The mothers…

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The Day Nemo Flipped Into a Breech Position – Parenting Twins Article

With our firstborn, we had prenatal care from a local midwifery clinic and had a natural home-birth attended by wonderful midwives. Our son was born in our bed, and we were hoping to do the same for our second child. When we found out we were having twins, our plans had to change. In Canada, if you are pregnant with twins, you are automatically considered a high-risk pregnancy. Twice the prenatal appointments I was already with a midwife before we found…

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This mom gave birth in the car and her 10-year-old son’s video went viral – Parents Article

It’s a well-known fact that not every birth goes according to plan and the signs of labour can be different for everyone. Nevada mom Rudia Napier discovered this first-hand while en route to Henderson Hospital for her final checkup, when her labour came on fast and furious—in the car! Luckily, her 10-year-old son Jayden was on hand in the backseat with Napier’s other two kids to capture the wild moment on video, filming all of the astonishingly fast five-minute birth.…

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Care in Hospital: How a Twin Mom Remembers her Stay – Parenting Twins Article

I have vivid memories of the surgical procedure, the medical team and the rather organised medical facility at the Lakeside Hospital. Scouting for the hospital and ensuring that the medical team available is efficient was done months before the delivery. Familiarity of the hospital and the doctors helped in making me feel reassured. In my case all this was well planned, therefore it was not a bad experience considering it was a twin pregnancy. The c-section was treated like a…

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Second Time Mother Guilt – The Emotional Toil of Welcoming a Second Baby – Parents Article

Guilt from Turning Firstborn’s World Upside DownWe’ve already spoken about feeling guilty because of the disruption another baby brings to your firstborn’s life in previous chapters, but I wanted to bring it up again. Sadly, those feelings of guilt commonly increase when the new baby arrives. For some, the new wave of guilt hits the minute you leave your firstborn to give birth to your new baby. For others, it doesn’t hit until a few weeks, or even months, down the line. I have…

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