The Brooks Twins are Born in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, by Julie Isaac

Julie is a Doula and Birth Photographer in one and is based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

Name: Julie Isaac, Sylva Photography and Doula Services

Business Website: www.sylva-photography.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sylvaphotographynwa/

Waiting. Kimberlee knows all about that. She patiently labored for 21 hours without pain medication before meeting her twin boys. The nurses said she was amazing!

Tracking twins with fetal heart monitors is a bit of an art. They were constantly moving, and Kimberlee became an expert at finding her babies' heartbeats and readjusting the monitors. The nurses seemed to appreciate the help, and it was a good distraction from the contractions. 

When Kimbleree was dilated to around 6cm, she started cracking lots of jokes. Stephen said, "Now we know she's really in labor!" One of the jokes was that the twin pregnancy was actually triplets. If there was ever a sign of coping with labor well, it's being able to joke about delivering triplets.

Her husband Stephen physically supported her as she moved into squats, hands and knees, leaning over a birth ball, side lunges on a chair. He held her hand and whispered gently in her ear when she was deep in transition and in the worst of the pain. It was beautiful to watch these two and their quiet teamwork. 

When it was time to push, Kimberlee was moved into the OR with a c-section team at the ready – just in case they were needed. After very minimal pushing, the twins arrived 7 minutes apart, both with lots of dark hair and covered in vernix. Twin B was footling breech, and just as excited as his brother to start using his lungs. They surpassed expectations, weighing 7lb 10oz and 6lb 5oz!