If you’re expecting multiples then today is your turn! I can’t tell you how many times I receive emails from mamas expecting multiples asking.. no BEGGING.. me for podcast episodes for them and believe me when I say this: I have been TRYING!!!
Today I’m speaking to Mars Lord. Mars is a doula who specialises in supporting parents who are expecting multiples and what gives her special insider knowledge is the fact that she is a mum of twins. Incredibly, she had her twins AFTER her 3rd baby; you can listen to the full story in the podcast.
During our chat Mars shares a ton of gold nuggets, and they’re not just for the mamas expecting multiples. There’s stuff there for all pregnant mamas.
She starts by sharing her own twin birth journey busting the common assumptions that are held when it comes to expecting multiples;
- twins will come early
- you will birth in a hospital
- you will have a planned c-section
- you will need to be monitored
- you will need an epidural
Instead Mars encourages you to approach your birth in the same way you would a singleton birth;
- Get savvy and do your birth homework
- Research your birth choices
- Understand the risks you face and decide on what is right for you. Mars likes to replace the word risk with considerations. Everything is a consideration.
- Trust your instincts
- Ask the questions and challenge what you’re being told
Ask your hospital for the multiples birth policy and remember protocol is not a medical reason; it’s a guideline.
About Mars Lord
My name is Mars Lord and I am passionate about birth and about women having and making informed choices. I became a doula because I believe that birth is a wonderful thing and can be a wonderful time. As a mother of 5 (including twins) I know that even when it doesn’t seem to go the way that we want it to, it can still be an incredible experience. It should be your incredible experience.
Alexia supports families planning pregnancy and birth. She helps them to overcome their fears and feel calm and confident about birth and pregnancy.
Alexia also trains birth professionals in the Fearless Birthing, a unique approach to birth preparation that is ideal for those who have fears around birth.