Whoa: Woman Delivers Her Own Twins Via C-Section!!
What happens when a woman delivers her own twins?!?!
Childbirth is a beautiful thing. In theory. Anyone knows that the actual birthing experience of bringing our wonderful children into this world is actually bloody, painful, and traumatic for the mother. When you hold your baby in your arms, it’s all worth it so you quickly forget about the drama that you experienced just minutes before. But for those hours leading up to that moment, when that child is finally leaving your body, it can be terrifying. Still, one Australian woman, who had been through it ten times before, is so comfortable with the birthing process—no matter how graphic—that she actually pulled her two twins out of her c-section. It hurts just thinking about it.
On December 22, 41-year old Gerri Wolfe pulled her twin daughters, Matilda and Violet, out of her womb. “It’s my body, it’s my birth, it’s my baby,” she said. Pictures of the birth are on Daily Mail.com. Though it seems like a dangerous procedure to have the birth mother actually involved in this way, there were no complications stemming from her delivery and Wolfe and her twins are doing fine at home.
From the average mom perspective, it may seem a bit unusual to want to be that involved in the birth. While there are varying degrees of just how involved parents can be in the process, from cutting the umbilical cord to deciding whether or not to get an epidural, this one is by far one of the most “natural.”
During her 36th week, Gerri learned of a complication giving her no other option but to have a caesarean. Having had nine other children, she was very familiar with childbirth and her options. Because she wanted a more natural experience, Gerri did her homework and told her OB/GYN that what she wanted to do. Of course, the doctor initially said no. “I came to him and said: ‘This is what I need to reclaim my birth—to make it more personal for me, so I can be a good mother.”
Is this what mothers are up against? Being a mom is challenging enough without the thought of being so connected to your children that you have to up and pull them out the womb.
The maternal assisted caesarean was a traditional c-section, but in the final moments, a mother is allowed to pull her child from the womb. Gerri’s doctor ended up researching things on his own, and eventually agreed to let her do it (after she pleaded with him, of course). “[The doctor] was quite willing once he realized the risk of infection wasn’t as high as he perhaps first thought.”
“My other caesareans were very sterile, very surgical, very impersonal,” said Gerri, who had five c-sections prior to this birth. Gerri also says she wasn’t allowed to touch anything once she put the gloves on her hands, and there were strict instructions that she not move her arms from her chest.
With 11 children, Gerri could have probably lied on that table and performed her own c-section. Okay, maybe not. Still, I guess the point of all this is that you be able to carve out your own birth plan. There are a lot of pressures when you are pregnant. You hear everything from you should breastfeed to you shouldn’t get an epidural while you are in labor. Pulling kids out of the womb may not be everyone’s thing.