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It’s TWINS for the Hansens! | Phoenix Birth Photographer

Back in October of last year I had the privilege of witnessing a first time mama, deliver TWO baby boys.  She was due in November and I was really nervous I would miss it since I had plans to go out of town.  However, Mama was CERTAIN that they would come early.  And they did.  But still, they made her wait.  Her labor started late at night on the 17th (or early on the 18th), however the boys didn’t make their grand appearance until the 19th.

Mama let me know as soon as her labor started and I had my bags packed, ready to go!  I was just waiting for them to get admitted to the hospital.  Turns out, they were waiting too.  After a few trips to the hospital and back home again they were FINALLY admitted.

Dad’s excitement was contagious.  He was giddy, almost bouncing around the room.  He was ready and willing to do anything he could to support his wife.  It was a joy to watch these new parents welcome their first children into the world.  I know I have said it before, but I love my job!


Oliver and Wyatt’s Birth Story | From my point of view



Mama’s Point of View



On a trip to Hawaii, in March, I felt a little different and was waiting and waiting for my monthly gift. When I took a pregnancy test “just because” my husband, Jake, and I were shocked when it came back positive three times! We went to the doctor a few days after we arrived back home and he confirmed that I was pregnant… times two! I had a suspicion that we were having twins originally but Jake was knocked off his feet! I have never seen the color flush out of his face so fast!


My pregnancy was pretty normal and we anxiously awaited the 36 week to 38 week mark, which is when many twins arrive. Starting around 30 weeks I was having lots of irregular contractions so around midnight of October 17th, I ignored the pains I was feeling. Around 5am of the 18th I woke up and timed my contractions every 10 minutes for about an hour. I was nervous to tell Jake I thought I was in labor because he had a presentation for his business at 8:30 that morning. I hesitantly woke him about 6:30 and told him what was going on. I asked if he wanted to take separate cars to the hospital in case it was a false alarm he could make his meeting and I could drive back home. We loaded our bags and car seats, turned on the dishwasher and headed out in the same vehicle.

We were in triage for about an hour, walked for an hour, and were finally sent home when nothing had progressed. I was so disappointed when the contractions suddenly stopped and went home. I took a nap, watched some tv and ignored the cramping again until around 8pm when everything started up again with a new level of intensity! We returned to the hospital and were there for another hour to see how I progressed.  Since nothing was happening I given morphine, terbutaline and ambien. Although none of them worked, I was sent home again! Because my parents live closer to the hospital, we went to their house to wait to go back again later. Around 5am on the 19th, we went back for the third time and I was finally admitted at 5.5cm dilated and 100% effaced. It was so great to finally be checked in. I was moved to a labor and delivery room and asked for an epidural as soon as I could speak through another contraction.

That feeling of relief I got was amazing! I don’t know how I could have endured the rest without it! While laboring, I was instructed to keep the oxygen mask on as Baby B’s heart rate was dropping during contractions. After the epidural, things starting moving very quickly! Oliver Lyle was born at 10am and was given the okay. He cuddled with daddy while I immediately starting pushing Baby B. The doctor started to worry and helped him out with the vacuum. Wyatt Daniel arrived at 10:21am and was taken to the NICU promptly. About an hour later while I was in recovery, a code blue came over the speaker which I immediately knew was for our baby. Jake and I were rushed to the NICU where he was surrounded by a team of doctors and nurses. We were told he had a seizure and stopped breathing. The two of us were able to hold him for a few minutes and he was then flown to Cardon’s Children’s Hospital. Since then, he has been on the upswing and there is no evidence of any permanent brain damage due to his episode. Wyatt was released soon after and able to join the three of us at home. We are so happy to have our two healthy babies and are beyond excited to see the beautiful memories captured for us by Kelly Mo & Co Photography.