Andrea Pike

After A Life-Threatening Delivery, Mom And Twin Girls Are Safe

We hadn't heard from Andrea Pike for a while, but we recently found out why: She gave birth to her twin girls on Aug. 3 during what she called a "terrifying week." Here's what she said in an email:

Andrea with her twin girls Natalie and Elizabeth. After a terrifying delivery, the girls and Andrea are both doing well and recovering. i i

Andrea with her twin girls Natalie and Elizabeth. After a terrifying delivery, the girls and Andrea are both doing well and recovering. Courtesy of Andrea Pike hide caption

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Andrea with her twin girls Natalie and Elizabeth. After a terrifying delivery, the girls and Andrea are both doing well and recovering.

Andrea with her twin girls Natalie and Elizabeth. After a terrifying delivery, the girls and Andrea are both doing well and recovering.

Courtesy of Andrea Pike

Natalie came out first (with some darn fine pushing from me, thank you very much!) but then Elizabeth was transverse (laying lengthwise across the exit) and despite my OB's best turning efforts, we needed to go C-section with her.

From this point on, I remember very, very few details. I know they had to kick Jeff out of the room after Ellie was born. I was losing lots of blood and my uterus wasn't contracting back the way it's supposed to.

After a few hours/minutes (who knows), a nurse asked Jeff back into a private room and said that if they didn't perform an emergency hysterectomy, they'd lose me. They also told him that in times like these, they suggest that the next of kin have some family at the hospital.

My poor husband was scared out of his mind.

The girls were born at 6:55 p.m. and 7:07 p.m. (weighing in at 6 pounds 11 ounces and 6 pounds) and I was finally out of surgery and into the recovery room by 11:30 p.m. Like I said, I don't remember a lot (all of the above was what was told to me by nurses and surgeons and Jeff).

The girls are perfect, despite their early entry into the world, and are very healthy.


Andrea says she and her husband, Jeff, plan to write a longer post about what happened. Stay tuned.


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