In one of the most unusual stories of the day an Australian woman who didn’t want another traditional C-section birth reached inside and delivered her own twins. They are her 10th and 11th children.
Gerri Wolfe said her previous four C-sections had been “very sterile, very surgical, very impersonal.”
“People were talking about what they did on the weekend without even thinking about me laying on the table, going through this momentous experience of having a baby,” she said.
She had read online about maternal assisted Caesareans and she wanted to give it a go. “No, no, no,” said her doctor at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales. But Wolfe wouldn’t take “no” for an answer.
“It’s my body, it’s my birth, it’s my baby,” she insisted. The doctor researched the procedure and finally agreed to participate.
“(The doctor) was quite willing once he realized the risk of infection wasn’t as high as he perhaps first thought,” she said. “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.’ It was more about making it that much more personal, and for me to have a connection to the birth of my children.”
On December 22, 2014, Wolfe went into the hospital and received an epidural. She said everything went as usual until the doc said, “Reach down and grab your babies!”
“I just brought her (Matilda) up to my chest and I held her in my left arm,” she said. “And then a minute later he said, ‘Come and get the other one.’ (Violet) was breached, so it was a little bit awkward picking her up. But I reached out with my right hand and someone helped me turn her around the right way and put her on my chest as well. And then I had both of them!”
Both girls are happy and healthy.
“(They’re) precious time wasters,” she said. “I could stare at them all day long.”