I discovered I was having twins at 12 weeks after thinking I had appendicitis. I was referred to Dr. Martel ASAP and discovered they were identical. I was scheduled for weekly appointments as there were signs of TTTS with the girls. The weigh difference between the two was a shock! In and out of the hospital with scares and doing the steroid shots I was induced at 36 weeks exactly. Two hours into the induction I was turned off the drip as an emergency was coming in and they needed my OR. After staying an extra day they were going to resume my induction only to inform me that they couldn’t as there was a breakout in the Regina NICU and as a result the Saskatoon NICU was full. If one of my babies needed a respirator there would not be one. We discussed flying me to Winnipeg or Edmonton to have the babies, however, they would not cover the cost of my husband’s airfare. All while we were milling it over I ended up going into labour on my own. They needed to get the babies out. Over 36 hours of labour and many scares with my little one’s heart beat I finally made it to the OR to deliver. Again, it was discussed that if one of the babies required a respirator that both the baby and myself would be air lifted ASAP. Very tense!! I delivered Baby A (vaginally) 3lb 11oz. She was whisked away and I never got to see her. 23 minutes later Baby B (also vaginally) was delivered 6lb. The size difference of their umbilical cords was amazing! After all the chaos calmed down I was told my little girl didn’t not need a respirator, just some oxygen and needed her body temperature regulated. My bigger baby got to stay with me and come to our room. Baby A stayed in the NICU for only a week due the prenatal care I received she came home happy and healthy (but lower than her birth weight). So, while she wasn’t in any danger once in the NICU it was the thought leading up to her birth about how things would go. The nurses in the NICU are PHENOMENAL!! I would leave to go home and tend to my other baby but felt sadness leaving the other. Definitely stressful when one is at home. Bitter sweet.
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