Serene Home Twin Birth - Oregon
Photographer: Melissa Cate
Six years earlier, I photographed Jessica's breech delivery at home, and she was incredible. When she contacted me to document her upcoming twin home birth, I was quite confident she was going to rock birthing twins at home. At 38 weeks exactly, her husband called me frantically at 3:30am. "I think it's baby time!" "Ok, great! How close are the contractions?" I asked. "Well, the water bag is bulging." He said, nearly out of breath. "Oh my, okay, on my way." I was out of bed and speeding for her house, and I was the very first member of the birth team to arrive. Jessica was on her hands and knees, bum in the air, on the phone with her midwife.
"Oh good, Melissa is here, she can help if we need!" She laughed. She hung up with her midwife and explained she woke up at 3am to go to the bathroom and felt her bag bulging. Worried the first baby was right behind it, she got on her hands and knees and called the midwife. With no real contractions to speak of, she had silently dilated to 10cm in her sleep. The rest of the birth team arrived, and with the rising Summer sun came the excited bustle of prepping for a home birth, and not just any home birth, but the birth of TWO babies. Her husband, two daughters, and a team of Grandmas, aunts, sisters, and even a 5 week old niece gathered to watch. Contractions were slow and easy, and finally, at 8am, Mama decided to break her own water. She used her fingernail and broke the bulging bag.
She began gently pushing, and 45 minutes later, her first baby, a boy slipped out into the water. The midwife assigned to the first baby began to take his vitals and Jessica talked happily to him. Not even two minutes later, without a single push, she suddenly said
"There's another baby!" And the midwife plunged her hands into the water, lifting up the next baby, a girl. The babies weighed in at 5.15 & 6.5, tandem nursing within an hour of their arrival. Twins born on the morning of Summer solstice, such a peaceful, serene, happy birth to attend!
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