It’s not always news when a woman delivers her own baby, but it is for an Australian mom who had a Caesarean section birth.
In this particular case, a woman delivers her own twins during a C-section as doctors look on. Gerri Wolfe let medical staff know ahead of time that she wanted to be the one pulling the newborns from her body.
Mail Online covers this story on a unique type of Caesarean birth that occurred three days before Christmas. The two babies now make 11 children for Gerri and her husband, Robert Wolfe.
Gerri has had five Casarean births, but she doesn’t like the “sterile,” “surgical,” and “impersonal” environment of it. Alternatively, she wanted a less traditional birth her next time around. She decided to have a procedure done that she researched online called a “maternal assisted Caesarean.” Doctors perform a normal C-section, but the mother reaches down and pulls the baby out of the womb.
The idea of Gerri delivering her own twins wasn’t something her OB/GYN was excited about. His reaction was, reportedly, “No, no, no.”
“It’s my body, it’s my birth, it’s my baby,” Gerri told doctors.
Her doctor changed his mind once he did some research himself on “maternal assisted Casareans.” He learned that the risks for infection weren’t that high, and he also considered her circumstances.
“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.”
When time came for the C-section, Gerri Wolfe “scrubbed in” with her doctor at the sink and put on long surgical gloves. She went over to the bed and was administered an epidural. She had the first layer of gloves removed and was strictly told to keep her hands on her chest and not touch anything because she had to remain sterilized. She was only allowed to do something when the doctor instructed her to. She grabbed each baby separately and held them to her chest. Matilda was the first to arrive and Violet was the second. Violet was breached, so Gerri was helped turning her around before pulling her from her uterus.
After Gerri delivered her own twins, she held one in each hand.
Mom went home after staying a week in the hospital. Both girls are healthy and doing well. Gerri and Robert Wolfe say they’re now finished having children.
In 2007, Naomi Chapman was the third woman in Australia to deliver her own baby during a Caesarean section, The Age reports.
[Photo Credit: Simone Harvey Photo via Mail Online]