When I found out I was expecting twins at my dating scan, my first thought is unprintable; but the second was, 'I'm calling Brooke'! Brooke had been my prenatal yoga instructor during my first pregnancy and I knew if anyone could help me to stay grounded and focused throughout the pregnancy and labour, Brooke could. I missed out on having her for my first pregnancy as she was fully booked, so I didn't waste any time engaging her this time around!
There are so many options and choices around birth. With twins there are even more. Brooke was my sounding board and ensured I had the information I needed to make those choices. It soon became apparent that with my initial care provider I wouldn't be guaranteed the chance for things to go as naturally as I hoped. It would depend on 'who was on at the time'. Thanks to her contacts in the birthing world, Brooke guided me to a care provider who would and so late in the pregnancy I switched hospitals. Brooke also helped to ensure I was in the best physical condition throughout the pregnancy in preparation for the birth as well as the job of looking after two babies and a toddler: she pointed me in the direction of a naturopath and chiropractor who I believe really helped.
I am immensely proud of my birth. My twins arrived naturally, without induction and at 40 weeks. My second baby was footling breach and arrived just twelve minutes after my first, with no drama: no manual turning or c section; just the way he was supposed to arrive! It was quick and very different to the first time. I was free to move around and follow my instincts. Brooke was there alongside me providing me with practical help as well as the confidence to trust my body and my babies. I am so glad to have had Brooke with me all the way. As she said right at the start, 'twins are just another version of normal'. And they were! I did it!