Twins Pregnancy Class

We are delighted to offer a FREE one off session to support all twin couples that attend our ‘Full Antenatal’ or ‘Expecting Again’ courses.

Our training and experience of supporting both Vaginal and Caesarean Twin births across the region mean that we are able to answer many of the questions and concerns that are unique to multiple pregnancies.

Firstly we feel it is important that twin parents attend one of our antenatal courses to look at and prepare for all types of birth.  This ensures that no matter what your plans are for the birth of your babies, you will have covered all you need to know in case of a change in the plan.  You will meet others who are expecting around the same time as you and will discover all your available options – leaving you able to make informed choices when it comes to the day of the birth and in the postnatal period.

“I had planned a c-section with my two boys, and booked an antenatal course with Birthability which was recommended by my friend.   They covered Caesarean Section, breathing and relaxation for my anxiety, and the role of the partner in detail.  In the end I went into labour 3 days before they were due to be delivered  and we were so grateful that we knew what to expect”.

Twin parents have different questions from “singleton” pregnancy couples that we can address during our 2 hour optional session.

 

Planning the birth

 

Multiple pregnancy parents often feel that the associated higher risk factors leads to them being treated “differently” to singleton parents.  We commonly hear that twin mums are only seen by Obstetricians, and are sadly not offered time with a Midwife to explore their options and choices for labour.

In order to enhance your learning from the full course, we have ensured that this extra twins session acknowledges that you may have different concerns and can answer your common questions, for example:

 

  • Which choices do I have for the birth of my babies – which factors affect my options?
  • What factors should I consider when writing a birth plan for twins?
  • What should I consider when planning a Caesarean Section?
  • What happens if I go into labour before 34 weeks?
  • Is it possible for me to labour in water? 
  • Who will deliver my babies? 
  • What will happen with my babies at birth?
  • Can I ask for delayed cord clamping with twins?
  • Will I be able to do “skin to skin” with my babies?
  • What if one/both of my babies needs special care?

 

Taking the babies home

 Couples are often very concerned about their responsibilities when bringing their babies home after birth.  We will signpost you to local twin networks of other families that can give you firsthand knowledge of the day to day issues they face. As postnatal doulas we can help prepare you for those earliest days by considering the most common concerns:

 

  • Sleeping arrangements for twins – do they share the same cot and what happens if they wake at different times?
  • What extra responsibilities does the partner have as a multiple parent?
  • Routines – is it possible to get twins into a routine and at which age is it best to start?
  • How to cope with crying – especially when both babies need you at the same time?
  • What are your feeding options?  Formula, breast or mixed feeding? 
  • What is the easiest way to travel? 
  • Can I carry two babies in a sling?
  • Where can I get extra help?
  • Will my partner and I ever get our relationship back?

Monthly sessions are held in Warwick on a Wednesday afternoon from 12.00 – 2.30 pm. We will often be joined by a parent with twins who will be able to share her experiences with you and answer your questions about “daily life” with multiples.

Available for couples living in Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon, Kenilworth, Coventry, Solihull, Knowle, Southam, and surrounding areas – as well as across Birmingham

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