Long before he was born, during a trip to Africa, Baby Twitch got his nickname. Soon-to-be Mom and Dad teased each other by calling themselves Twitch. They had learned that it was slang for bird watcher and were really into birds. Nine months ago, I watched baby Twitch make his grand entrance…. bottom first. Twitch’s mama, Erin, displayed the power of a warrior. She was determined to have her breech baby vaginally, and seeked out the expertise and support of Denver’s own Dr. Hall.
When I arrived that Friday morning, Erin and Salem, along with their doula, Flame, were resting up and building strength to push. The possibility of a cesarean was on the table, but Erin’s determination, strength, and connection to her body guided her to move forward with delivering her breech baby vaginally. Erin navigated her contractions with low and barely noticeable moans and fluttering of her lips. As the time arrived to start pushing, she was so focused that baby Twitch was in her arms in less than half an hour.
Below are Erin’s words to her baby boy:
"Twitch's birthday!! One day after your due date, we were so surprised :) I woke up at 2am, started having contractions about 3, and woke up daddy at 5. They were about 8 minutes apart when he started timing, but quickly got to 5. I was in the bathtub for an hour or two and they got stronger and were just three minutes apart or so. When our doula, Flame, arrived a little after 10, I was 6cm, then my water broke at 10:45. We were at the hospital by 11:30 fully dilated. The doc was worried about you, your heart rate was low, seemed like you were sitting on your cord. They thought a c section might be best, but decided to slow down my contractions and see if the rest made you stronger. Of course it did, because you are the strongest, and we were able to have a natural breech birth with no drugs other than the one to slow those contractions! I was so surprised when you popped out after 22 minutes of pushing! I just couldn't believe it was real! Daddy announced you were a boy and I couldn't get over how cute you were!!! Daddy said he will always be proud of me for your birth, xoxo"
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