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Feb182008

Vaginal Twins in the Hospital! (A "Celebrity!")

From the Baltimore Sun:

UM basketball coach Frese gives birth to twin boys !!!

This is the head coach of the women's team for University of Maryland... Brenda Frese.

Excerpts:

"Frese, in her sixth year as Maryland coach, delivered Markus William Thomas, who was born at 10:21 a.m., then gave birth to Tyler Joseph Thomas 30 minutes later. Markus weighed five pounds, five ounces at birth and measured 18.5 inches long, while Tyler weighed six pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19.25 inches."

and

"Frese, both babies and Mark Thomas, Frese's husband of nearly three years, were all reported to be in good health. Frese had said recently she did not know the sex of the babies and didn't want to know."

and

"Frese, 37, who delivered the babies via natural childbirth, was due to give birth March 11, but she and Thomas had said they expected the birth to take place before then, as twins are more likely to be delivered before their due date. Frese had said recently that if her pregnancy had continued past next Sunday, her doctors would likely induce childbirth."

(end quotes)

There's also a great picture of her sitting in a big office chair with pillows under her butt and lower back. She is majorly in an Optimal Fetal Position stance! Take a look!

FANTASTIC!! You can tell what kind of woman she is (natural-oriented) if she didn't want to know the gender of the babies!

AND SHE WAS A PRIMIP!!! I don't know any docs (or midwives) that will deliver a primip mom!

WOW!

Reader Comments (10)

Good for mom and babies :)
And AWESOME role modeling as a coach, too!
And wow, what hospital is this???

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJudit

I left you a comment about her on your blog last night ;) Maryland is one of my favorite teams and I was so excited to hear she delivered naturally.

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmory Student Midwife

I don't think it's so unusual. Among the other mothers of multiples of my acquaintance, it's fairly common to have vaginal deliveries. My OB told me he could do a vaginal delivery even if twin B were breech, and I was a primipara living in a med-mal crisis state. The only absolute contraindicators were if either baby were transverse, or if I were to deliver prematurely.

As it happens, I chose CS, even though my babies were vertex-vertex. 10% of vaginal twin births result in emergency CS for the second twin, and the second twin has 3x the death rate of the first twin in vaginal deliveries. I decided I preferred the odds of a planned CS, but I had the option.

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmma B.

Wahoo for the coach, go mom!

I saw my midwife today for a 37-week check, and she said she'd had a great weekend -- a delivery of vag twins here at the local Los Alamos hospital. The mom had been walking around at 5cm for a good week before labor, was nearly complete when she arrived, and then her body just waited for 1-1/2 hours before she got pushy.

And the doc? Waited. And told the nurses to leave her alone. Not that I expect/hope for a transport, but that's sure reassuring to me to hear that about the hospital that's 2 minutes from my new home!

We need more of these stories, especially to balance out the ones like Christina Aguilera's.

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

Hey now, unless you are Christina Aguilera or her doctor, you can't pretend to know the exact situation. She may not have chosen to tell People magazine the whole story and she is entitled not to. If you don't want other people judging your birth choices, why don't you try to extend that same courtesy to others?

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I understand what you are saying about "birth choices," but what about the HEALTH choices of the baby? Women are induced early for things like pre-eclampsia or cholestasis of pregnancy... and it didn't *seem* that she was experiencing either of this things.

And I can imagine that stars would *love* the attention of a complicated pregnancy and birth... saying, "My doctor said I had to have the baby early for health reasons" or something like that could have happened. Plenty of stars have had complicated pregnancies and don't hide it, so it really does seem like a completely selfish reason is why Christina had her scheduled, 37-week cesarean.

Judging? Sure. Because we know the risks.

February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

I'm not really sure how wanting the sex of the baby to be a surprise indicates that she was nature-oriented. Lots of parents just don't like the idea of their friends and family giving them gender-specific toys and clothes (which can't be passed down to opposite-gender siblings), or they want to be surprised. I mean, she could have been, but that in particular means nothing, women who get elective CS still sometimes ask to not know the gender of the baby until delivery.

February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBasiorana

In *my* world, more natural-oriented people don't want to know the gender of their babies. Those who have several ultrasounds, take every test handed to them and schedule their babies tend to want to KNOW everything. Knowing the gender is part of the control issue of scheduling *every* detail of their births. Gotta have the nursery decorated right, yes?

So, maybe in YOUR world it means nothing, but in my world it is a huge indicator.

February 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

If Christina had a c section because of herpes, I can certainly understand why she wouldn't want to tell it to People Magazine.

February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

She wouldn't have scheduled a cesarean at 37 weeks. She would have taking Acyclovir and waited until it was gone and gone into labor naturally, probably when the lesions were long gone.

But, you are right. I doubt she'd tell People about herpes.

February 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

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