Woman Gives Birth to Twins at Home of Parents Adopting Them

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baby feetI think sometimes we forget the power of our bodies. But this birth story will help you remember. A Michigan woman named Lindsay was pregnant with twins that she was giving up for adoption to Julie and Mike. And for the birth of these twins, this family was going to be bonded in such a beautiful way. Surrounded by a midwife, a doula, Mike and Julie, and friends, including a photographer, the birth took place at the adoptive parents home.

A home birth of twins is amazing. I'm a mother of twins and I love hearing stories like this confirming that multiples can be born naturally. And having these beautiful babies in the home of the parents is just incredible. As the photographer Jaclyn Michele says about the birth, "It takes a village," and this story is proof.

Lindsay gave birth to these two babies in just two hours on their due date. 

Two hours. That's faith in your ability to birth. Faith that our bodies know what to do.

Benjamin was born first, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Adoptive dad Mike put his newborn son to his chest, skin-on-skin, while Benjamin's sister was being born. Adoptive mom Julie was there right behind Lindsay and helped catch both babies as they entered the world. Sophia was born weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces. 

The twins had a fused placenta and if you are interested you can see photos of this twin placenta here. It's such a beautiful story, so beautifully captured by Jaclyn -- you can see more photos from the birth here.

What great weights for twins! Lindsay should be so proud of herself -- what an incredible woman she is. And Mike and Julie have such a fantastic birth story to share with Benjamin and Sophia when they get older.

Does this birth story give you more faith in our ability to birth?


Image via Calmtwood/Flickr

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Kritika Kritika

Women have been "able" to birth for thousands of years. You're no more "able" because you're at home and without the proper medical superivsion. Good for her but in my opinion it was too risky.

MomaL... MomaLlama

That is really a great story, but I clicked on the link and went to the web-page where they had all the pictures and for the life of me I don't understand why you would want all those people around?  I realize everyone has a different personality and for some people that might feel supportive, but for me if you aren't actively doing something please wait outside, and you can see the baby when I'm done.  There's no say I want to be going through that, trying to focus on what's going on, with a bunch of people standing around with their arms crossed shooting-the-breeze.  I understand why the adoptive parents were there, and the midwife (obviously)  but the rest would have to wait outside if it was me.

Wendy Bowers

Actually Kritika, the only inherently high risk twin birth is when the two babies are indentical twins withinthe same amniotic sac. (momo twins)   Otherwise,  trust in your body and your midwife (to spot if problems DO occur) and homebirth of twins in more than possible... it's safe.  

I loved those pictures!!!    

nonmember avatar Summer

I was not prepared for the pictures I saw when I clicked on the link. Primarily because I'm at work. It's a personal choice who you want there and involved, so I can respect the birth mother for that. However, when I deliver in September, aside from the medical team, my husband will be the only one in the room. Congratulations to all involved on the beautiful new additions.

2teen... 2teens2LOs

we have always been able to birth babies, its the dr. who now make most decisions to opt for surgery than to let a woman's body work.

femal... femaleMIKE

I don't think i would want pictures of me circulating either. I wouldn't want the world seeing me look so arkward. .

nonmember avatar Em

Wendy, identicals in seperate sacs (MoDi) are considered high risk as well. Newer studies suggest that there is an increased death rate after 37 weeks as the placents begins to break down.
This is one happy story, but not realistic for many twin moms.

Courtney Puzzo

usually mothers of twins require a caesarean because of complications with the pregnancy like toximia/ pre eclampsia gestational diabetes a hernia or one of the babies being breech that it's unsafe to to a home or water birth

nonmember avatar jenelley

I fell so bed for this birth mom. You never know in these cases who was pressured into doing what. I hope she's okay, I wish her situation would have allowed her to keep her babies. Best of luck to the babes!

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