Thursday, July 5, 2012

Rush Copley Tour and Classes to Come

As we are in our 32nd week, and the girls are BOTH head down, the doctor is telling us we could very possibly have a vaginal birth if we desired to do so if that is in our birth plan. I, of course, want whatever is the most safe for the three of us. Our OB has said she lets her moms choose if the babies are positioned both head down. If I had my choice, I would like to do a vaginal birth. I feel the recovery would be quicker! I have to take care of TWO babies right away at home and want to be able to move around. However, I am going to keep an open mind and be ready for whatever way the girls want to come. They have 100% of the control here. I am just along for the ride. I am preparing for both deliveries because anything is possible once these babies decide to come!

On that note, I never planned to have a vaginal birth with twins. I assumed I would have a csection. I have never heard in the modern time of anybody I know giving birth to twins vaginally. I just accepted that was the way it was going to be. To my surprise, both girls are positioned to exit vaginally right now. I am now 8 months pregnant and have not taken a LAMAZE class to learn breathing techniques or the stages of labor, etc. I didnt think I would need to learn anything. So, luckily Pat works at the hospital and he is registering us for the 7/28 marathon 1-day class (hopefully the girls do not make their appearance before than!!!) and the class fee is waived! woo hoo! My older sister Kristen informed me it was so important to go to this class. So I trust her on that being she gave birth to 2 babies already so we are going to go to this class, as long as the girls dont come before that date!!!

Last Sunday, Pat and I took a tour of Rush-Copley's Labor and Delivery unit. That is where I will be delivering the twins. Also, Pat works there so it is a win/win situation! I didnt realize that seeing everything and talking to some of the health professionals on that floor would put some of my fears at bay and answer some questions I did have. I think seeing how things were setup and where I would be relieved some of my anxieties! It truly helped! Being I am carrying multiples, my journey throughout the hospital is a little different. I found out if I have a vaginal delivery I will be delivering in the OR in the case of an emergency csection. They want to be prepared for EVERYTHING! I liked that idea. It made me feel like all the bases were covered! Also, we got to see the NICU. Not that I am planning on even having my babies sniff that room, I wanted to learn more about it. We got to see through a window 1/3 triplets being fed. He was a cutie, and so tiny. It is nice to have a Level III NICU at our fingertips in the case we need to go that route for whatever reason! Overall, I am so happy we decided to go on the tour! It really made me feel more ready for the next step. These girls can be here in 1 month or so! Also, to my surprise, there is NO NURSERY!!! I never heard of that! They said they like for the babies to be with mom 100% of the time for bonding in the postpartum room after birth. They like this so when a doctor comes to check out the babies I will be witnessing everything and will be able to ask questions when the pediatrician makes her rounds or any doctor for that matter. Pat and I really like this!!


  1. Katie, Congratulations on your upcoming delivery of twins! I was so pleased to see your recent blog about your visit and tour of the Family Birth Center here at Rush-Copley. Just wanted to let you know that we offer a complimentary multiples gift bag for parents delivering twins or higher order multiples and want to be certain that I offer one to your growing family. I also hope you enjoy your marathon Lamaze class. Please let me know if you have any questions, or I can be of further assistance in any way for your upcoming stay here. Congratulations again. Looking forward to meeting you and your new, growing family! Jennifer Toerpe, Director, Women's Health, Rush-Copley Medical Center (630-499-2483)

    1. Contacted you when we were in labor and delivery, but never received a call back. Also, never received a multiples gift basket. :(

  2. I am so thrilled for you! I am excited I ran across your blog. It gives the rest of us hope. You must be nervous for twins but super happy. I hope to meet all of you at the Birdies for Babies event this year. I e-mailed Todd and told him I would help in any way that I could. I am doing a post on the Birdies for Babies on my blog and have linked to your blog. Wishing you lots of the luck and happiness in the coming weeks!