birth naturally or c-section

User - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 50 moms have responded )

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can some one give me the suggestion about c-section or birth natural better for twins pregnancy, i'm now 25 weeks but my doctor suggest me to have a c-section........ i have no ideal!!!

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Shantel - posted on 06/24/2009

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they told me iould go naturally i had the first one naturally and then could'nt push the 2ndone out if i had my time again i would go straight up c secsion.

Teletha - posted on 08/02/2009

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my twins are 3yrs now, i have a boy and a girl they were born by c- section, one was breech, yes my daughter sat on top of my son the whole while, i was in so much pain afterwards. i didnt want to move at all but i notice when i didnt move it was harder to walk when i had to.

Yvonne - posted on 07/26/2009

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Again...speak with your doc. He will likely recommend a vag birth because it is in the best interest of you and the babies. But if that doesn't work out (as for me, both were head up), I had a C-Section and loved it. My biggest fear was pushing for hours and getting one baby out, only for the next to flip around and I would end up with a C-Section anyways. LOL Be as active and healthy as medically safe during your pregnancy, that helps...otherwise, enjoy the ride and move on. I would have another C-Section without a second thought! I would become the POSTER CHILD for C-Sections if possible, I had an easy recovery because I took my medications regularly and got walking the day of delivery. Again everyone is different, but a C-S is not the end of the world. My scar is minimal, with routine exercise and a healthy diet I am pretty much back to normal and I am NOT a skinny minnie. Besides, once the babies are around you will barely have time to think, nevermind eat:)

Kyra - posted on 06/28/2009

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I had my twins at 31wks and had c-section. From the time my water broke to the time we decided to have the c-section it was 31 hours and i was very tired. Also twin 1 was going to come out fine it was twin 2 that was going to have trouble as she was breeched. The doctors said i would end uphaving to do both, 1 natural & 1 c-section. So i just said cut them out!!! I was over it by then. lol.

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4 month old frat twin boys. Had a vag birth. Personal opinion, was good for me...everyone is different. First, if one or both was breech I was going to have a c-section, no questions asked. Too risky for my taste to have a baby coming out the wrong way. Having twins is already an at risk delivery so why push it.
Since both were head down, I was able to vag birth them. I wanted this for both the twins and myself. On the side of the babies, the birthing process helps clear fluid from their lungs, important if you are giving birth preterm...which is probable for twins. As for myself, the recoup time from birthing is much quicker making it possible to care for your twins sooner than later. One thing I had to come to terms w/ and if you decide to try a vag birth, if you do end up having a section be prepared for it. No matter how much you might want to go "natural" sometimes your babies will have other plans. It can be traumatic if you are on the table, there is a complication and you end up having an emergency section. Bring everything you will need to the hospital for both scenarios. I was surprised at how much the hospital provided but make sure you are prepared.
As for your doc suggesting it, I agree w/ Marne...if it is for the doc's convenience get a new doc! You should have a good dialogue w/ your doc and make sure your intentions are clear. Don't leave anything up for question. I made it clear early in the pregnancy I wanted to go v-birth if possible, my doc was very comfortable w/ the fact that I also stated that if one was breech we would section. Risk...insurance...you know.
I will say you are doing the right thing, research and ask questions! Those first couple of weeks...months are a blur so get rest while you can. Congrats on making it to week 25. Remember the longer you can keep those babies in your belly the better healthier they will be on the outside. It gets hard toward the end...u will want them to be born every single day! Trust in that they will come when they are done cookin'. Again a good dialogue w/ your doc when it comes to when is best for them to come into the world. Most important, what is good for one is not best for everyone...do what is best for Kelly and her babies!

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G - posted on 02/03/2014

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As a father, just do what you think is best. We planned for a natural, but baby A lay transverse, so they did the C-section. BE SURE TO TALK CORD CUTTING WITH YOUR DOCTOR!!! These were our first babies, we didn't know, and they cut both cords THEN extracted the babies. Baby A came right out with a 9/9 Apgar. But the moron Dr couldn't get Baby B out. Finally, after a few minutes and all 3 surgical teams getting very nervous (not to mention the moron OB sweating bullets), he got her out, Apgar 3/8 and she was BLUE. But, now she is a little bit of a slow learner. Due to lack of O2 at birth? Who knows. The Dr was removed just a week later. It was an Air Force Dr, Air Force hospital. Just have the discussion with your Dr. I wish we'd have known.

User - posted on 09/13/2013

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Hi Charlotte I found our story very reassuring as I am having Dcda twins and am dieabitic don't feel comfortable knowing I could hav a c section as I hav had 8 other children natural and find it very scarie but I want way is best for the babies so I pray that I hav them natural with no epidural thank u

Jeannine - posted on 01/07/2011

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My first baby was 10 lbs 14 oz, second 9 lbs 4 oz, with my third pregnancy I found out I was having twins. I ended up having them 3 wks early twin A was in the birth canal the second was head down but at 7 month decided to flipped and ended up laying across my diaphragm and stayed there for the rest of the pregnancy! Which made it very difficult to breath. I went into labor 3 wks early, they were worried because twin B was the bigger of the two and laying up top. I told my husband I didn't want to be cut open and she could be born breach because I had a big baby before! Twin A was born first 7 lbs 2 oz, twin B flip her head down and was born head first as the Doctor broke my water and the nurse pushed on my stomach she came sliding out. I didn't even have to push! She was 8 1/2 lbs!! The next day after not sleeping because the nurses kept waking babies up asked to go home, which my husband demanded! (on my behalf) and got a good nights sleep because twins slept through the night with out nurses poking at them! Natural birth is way better especially when you have a really good midwife!

Tracy - posted on 07/30/2009

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I had my fraternal boys at 38 weeks by induction. Mine and my doctors plan was always a vaginal birth, a c-section only if needed. When it came time to deliver they had me setup in the OR with a "dual setup", which basically means, we are going to attempt vaginal but in case we need a c-section everything is on hand. Baby B was not dealing well with labor and we almost needed a c-section, however, I was able to get Baby A out quickly and my amazing doctor was able to pull Baby B out with forceps.
The reason my doctor wanted me to aim for vaginal was the shorter recovery time....believe me you will be busy once you are home.
I had my boys 16 minutes apart, 7lbs 8oz, 7lbs 2oz... big boys! Good luck!

Megan - posted on 07/30/2009

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I delivered my first daughter naturally but with the twins, my doc told me that there would be a chance that I would have to deliver both ways. I decided not to take a chance and risk that and also recovery from both. In 12 minutes, both babies were born and have been very healthy for 1 1/2 years. My daughter, Baby A was 4 lbs, 12 oz. and son, Baby B was 6 lbs, 10 oz. I would highly recommend C section..

Christine - posted on 07/30/2009

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I wanted a natural birth with my twins... but I still went to the hospital's c-section class...just in case. I discussed everything with my doctor, with my specialist, and with the hospital. I was prepared either way. In my case... both babies were breach and they wanted to take them @ 36 weeks because Baby A was no longer growing and her brother was... So, we did what was best for the babies and now I have beautiful three year old maniacs... I recommend...What to expect with twins, triplets, and quads... this book is written by mothers of multiples and by doctors who specialize in multiples... so I felt very educated going into this blessing... good luck... :)

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You have to be very careful about the physician you choose to see while carrying twins because a lot of them are freaked out about getting sued due to something going wrong if they let you try a vaginal birth. I highly recommend having the discussion with the physician on what would cause them to determine a c-section as being medically necessary. I chose to deliver at a different hospital from the one in town that jsut had their maternity wing remodeled because when we did the tour, the nurses said that if I gave birth there, it was very likely that I would end up having a c-section (run away!!). My physician was very supportive of my wanting to have a natural birth, but made sure I understood that if there was a medical need, that I would have to yield to a c-section. It's very hard to not let the crap people tell you affect your plans because they just want to avoid being sued. A c-section is easier for a hospital than a natural birth because of all the things that could go wrong. I did end up having a c-section, but only because my daughter who was baby A flipped the month prior and did not flip back. Otherwise I would have been able to have a natural birth. To be honest, it's just like working in a corporate environment, they just want to cover their ass so they don't get sued and it's up to you to be educated and informed on what is going on. If you don't know about your rights and options, it's very easy for them to force you into something you disagree with.

Kathryn - posted on 07/29/2009

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Baby A was vertex, Baby B transverse, leaning toward breech. My Dr. said that most likely I would deliver A, and B would flip to breech and it would be, in her words, "totally inappropriate" to attempt a breech delivery. As it turned out, I developed HELLP Syndrome so there was no choice but to do the c-section. The girls were and still are totally healthy and normal. And I really didn't have a hard time recovering from the c. I also breastfed both with no problems for 14 months

Heather - posted on 07/27/2009

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I had my twins naturally. It depends on their position. So long as twin A is head down there is no reason you can't go naturally. The only thing is that twin B may flip and become feet first once twin a has been delivered. You can still vaginally deliver a breech baby. You need to talk to you doctor as to why they want to do a section.

User - posted on 07/25/2009

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I know a lot of people have natural births with twins, but for one reason or another (position of the twins, premature birth, complications, etc.) people have to have a c-section. I had to have an emergency c-section so I didn't have a choice, but I was so afraid of natural birth and the pain of it I'm fine with it! The positives are that it's quick and painless. Recovering from it is painful, but not for long.. Also, I was able to produce a good amount of milk quickly even with a c-section.

Sonya - posted on 07/14/2009

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When pregnant with my first baby, I went into labour at 25 weeks. After enduring a few hours of full on labour with no drugs, my baby went into distress and I had to have an emergency c-section. I felt a bit ripped off as I really wanted to experience a natural labour. I couldn't see my boy for hours after the op as I was still really groggy and sleepy. Unfortunately he only lived for 3 weeks. 3 months later I fell pregnant with twins. I was adamant this time I was going to have a natural birth..after all this was a big part of having kids...for me anyway. Towards the end of my pregnancy, my boy, who was my leading twin, decided to turn around to the breech position. I was gutted as this meant I had to have another c-section. If I had the choice, I would opt for a natural birth...but at the end of the day if its medically safer for the babies and yourself then c-section is your only option. Now if I want more babies, I again would have to have a c-section as my abdominal muscles have been weakened by the two c-sections!!

Danielle - posted on 07/13/2009

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Well I had one of my twins natural and the other once with a c-section Only thing with a c-section is that is takes it longer to heal then having them natural and it kinda hurts to walk around for the first couple of days

Najiyyah - posted on 07/12/2009

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I had both wih my girls. I would have preferred natural but the second decided to turn at the last minute, but I tried natural and first of the 2 came naturally. I would say that you should try natural, it is painful but no unbearable or we would never have more then one child I think. My girls are my 3rd and 4th children my boys were natural births. I can tell you that the recovery was hell from the C, I had a hematoma on the left side of my inscision and a pinched nerve on the right. I could barely walk around or move without out unbelieve pain that was worse then the act of giving birth (I could not take pain meds becasue I was determine to breast feed and pump milk for my babies). Not so luckily my girls stayed in the hospital 3 weeks after my discharge. It made it hard for my to go and see them (even though I did drag myself in after the 1 st week). If you can go natural its best for you and your babies.

Keshia - posted on 07/10/2009

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If your twins are in position there is no reason you shouldn't be able to have a vaginal birth. Weight and position is the key factors of how you deliever. I have vaginal and c-section bc my son was head down and my daughter laid horizontal. They told me i would be in a operating room bc they were not sure she would drop down after i had my son and she was only 3.10 at birth so they didn't want to try and manually turn her.

Linda - posted on 07/09/2009

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my twins were getting quite large, would have been 8.5 lbs each at term and baby A, my daughter, wouldn't stay turned so we went with the scheduled C at 37 weeks. she was 6 lbs 14 ozs and my son was 7 lbs 3 ozs.

Keri - posted on 07/05/2009

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I am 21 weeks and expecting twins. We found out that there wasn't just one, but two, just a week ago and my birthing plans have not changed and we're hoping and preparing that i can still have my home birth. My midwife is bringing in another pair of hands for the deliveries and there will also be a doula present. For more support and good energy present, my brother will be there, flying in from a long distance, and of course, my loving fiancee'. Full house! There really should be no reason why a home birth for twins can't happen, unless the midwives are not experienced enough to handle them. it's best for the babies both to be head down, but it's very possible for the second one out to breach once the first is born. A good midwife is trained to handle and correct a breached baby. It's necessary to have a backup plan if something DOES go wrong in the home birth, and if a c-section is what has to happen in order for the babies to live, or to come out healthy, then go for it. I am assuming you are talking about a home birth, though you just said natural birth. In my opinion, a natural birth is a home birth. I hope everything goes perfect for your birth! I would ask for the natural birth if you're delivering at the hospital, and be open to the section if need be, but don't let the doc talk you into a section to begin with. :)

Shannon - posted on 07/04/2009

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I was induced at 38 and half weeks. Had one baby vaginally.. Then the other decided to stretch out since her sister was out and there was so much room. I was no longer contraction and my cervix was closing. My babies heart rate started to drop so I also had a c-section. Fun fun. I'd do it all over without any second thoughts. But next time... I'd prefer a normal vag. delivery.

Carla - posted on 07/02/2009

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I had a vaginal delivery for my 16 month old twin boys. It was planned all along but all the docs in my practice said that that is what they were comfortable with. baby A was head doen and baby b was transverse. I pushed for 2.5 hours witht he first then the second they tried to minipulate to get him head down and ended up with a HUGE episiotomy and a vacume to get him out. they wanted to do a c section but i didnt want to give up. The recovery was sooo easy i am soo glad i dint have to go for a c section. It is a lot of work to have 2 witht he feedings and all if you can do it its nice to have a quick recovery but you need to do what your doc is comfortable with too. Good luck and enjoy. the first few months are tough but a lot of fun!

Andraya - posted on 07/01/2009

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I had an elected C-Section. I talked with my doctor and she infromed me of all the potential complications of a vaginal twin birth. The first twin may come out easily and then the second one has all this room now to wiggle and get tangled in the cord or turn upright and come feet first. I felt that it would be less stressful for my girls to have an elected C-Section then an emergency C-Section. I also didn't want to have a "rip" down there from the 1st twin and then a "cut" across my belly from the 2nd twin. I would rather have just one incision to deal with along with having 2 new babies.

User - posted on 07/01/2009

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I knew from the start I wanted a c/section as I felt it gave me more control. I felt better having a date to work towards and I felt like there where too many what ifs for a natural birth. I delivered at 37 weeks and I loved the process it was very calm and easy. The whole procedure took 45min and I never needed the morphine afterwards. From what I hear an elective c/section is a much easier recovery than an emergency c/section.

Regarding natural birth the thing that put me off was the possibility of pushing one out but ending up with an emergency c/section for the second. Stuff that for a joke lol.

Best of luck which ever way you go. Twins are just the best fun!

Gail - posted on 06/30/2009

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I had a great vaginal birth with my twins. Baby A came out in a few pushes (they were my 4th and 5th babies) and Baby B was breech but came out feet first just fine aside from some bruising around her hips.

Trish - posted on 06/30/2009

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I have three children. My son is now eight and my identical twin girls who are now 13 months. I had a c-section both times around. It's not a big deal at all. And I would do it again. With the girls I went into labor at 33 weeks and there was not stopping it this time around! They were born within an hour. I was okay and up in about within a day or so. A lot of mom's I know with twins ended having to do it both ways. One baby would come out fine while they other when would not so therefor they had to have a c-section for baby B.


Good luck! You'll be fine either way!

Laurice - posted on 06/27/2009

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I really wish I could have had a vaginal birth with my twins but I had no choice because Baby A (my baby girl Sareeya) was breech. Baby B (my baby boy Semaj) was huge and he was transverse and they didn't move at all towards the end of my pregnancy. I honestly feel like I missed the real experience of giving birth to my twins. I have older children that I had natural births with, so when I had my twins I really felt upset that I couldn't push them out. Fortunately, I had no problems with my c-section and my twins were healthy. We were able to all go home together so I guess that is the most important thing. I don't know if you have other children, but I would suggest you talk with your doctor. Find out what the most important issue is with having a natural birth. I would strongly suggest you have them naturally if there is no medical reason for a c-section. You would definetely appreciate the experience in the end. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/26/2009

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I had one vag birth and 26 min later had to have a c-section. If I could do it again I would have done the c-section for both! I would have only had pain in one area not two.

Kristy - posted on 06/25/2009

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I too had both! Both were head down and ready. I spoke with my Dr. before hand and he had no problem with me having a vaginal delivery with the boys. This was also a VBAC. Baby A came out no problem at all, I think I pushed like 3 times, then the Dr. went to check Baby B's position and when he was pulling his hand out the imb. cord came with causing Baby B's head to pinch the cord cutting off his circulation causing an emergency c-section. It is better to have a vaginal delivery for the baby's sake. We could tell a difference between the two when they would try to eat etc. due to not getting everything out of his lungs etc. through vag. delivery. Do what you feel comfortable about doing though.

Clare - posted on 06/25/2009

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Just to confuse you even more - I had both!! Twin number 1 was very eager to come out, so much so that the midwife didn't believe I was in labour. Then we spent a couple of hours waiting for twin 2 to come out but I was no longer having contractions despite the drugs to induce them and although twin 2 was in no distress they decided to do a c-section, I think they got fed up of waiting. I would opt for the vaginal birth everytime although it is painful at least when babies are out that is the end of it rather than taking weeks to recover from a c-section. Choose what's right for you - take care XX

Katelyn - posted on 06/23/2009

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as long as one baby is head down you can do natural its not that bad they give you an epideral just incase and you can have it when ever your ready its alot nicer no cutting open of anything i had my twins naturally and NO tearing !!! both my babies where head down and what they didnt know was that twin B was actuallt bigger than twin A they told me that if they had known that before that they would of given me a c- section lucky me!!!!!! i say go natural once the first baby is out the second one comes out no problem.

Laura - posted on 06/22/2009

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I had a c section with my twins and with my 3 month old. I had more pain with the first c section which my dr said some people say they have more pain with the 1st and some say with the 2nd. My first one was 34 1/2 wks and emergency due to complications and I couldn't see my babies for 6 hrs due to the mag I had so I absolutely hated how everything went. My second singleton pregnancy was also a c section and it was a much better experience of course my baby got to room in with me it was emergency because I went into labor at 38 wks and was scheduled for 39 wks but if I would've tried naturally I would have possibly ruptured because of how thin I healed from my twins. I would have liked to try vaginally. I say it depends on the situation on what u should decide to do. If you have to have a c section a lot of people think healing from it is so much worse and I don't have much to compare it to but I was moving around pretty quickly after both and I didn't think healing wise it was that bad. I wasn't in pain or in bed for 6 wks. You have to watch your activities but I didn't think it was that bad. I say wait and see what the situation is before you decide but don't be afraid of c-section it may not be that bad.

Janelle - posted on 06/22/2009

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i was planned for a c section but my twins had other ideas .natually they came with no drugs at 35 wks ethan 4lb11 at 8.22am and ella 5lb13 at 9.17am both came home 2 wks later if babies look good and your health fine i dont see why you couldnt do it natual.

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I had a c-section but it was because I had a prior section and had complications from it. I would go vaginally if at all possible. Babies can move up until delivery. My daughter was Baby A the entire pregnancy and moved the morning of the section. She went from head engaged to way up in my ribs. She was born as Baby B and it was confusing for me because the girl baby had always been Baby B. LOL! She is four years old now and still says that she wanted her brother to go first so he would make sure it was alright. LO!

Anna - posted on 06/21/2009

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Both my babies were head down from 26 weeks on. I was all set for a vaginal birth. I delivered at 37 weeks and 2 days. Unfortunantly I was one of those cases where baby B would not come out. Baby A came out in 3 pushes. Baby B was a different story. He got stuck under my pelvic bone. The doctor tried to manipulate him for almost 2 hours. At that point I was exhausted, the baby was starting to get distressed and so I had a C section also. Be prepared for this if you choose to have them vaginally. I would not take it back. Knowing that I would end up having a c section I would still have had at least one naturally. Vaginal birth is an amazing experience and if you can do it don't let any doctor tell you not to.

Jenny - posted on 06/21/2009

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I really depends on how the twins are postioned. I had to have a C-section because my daughter would have been breech and they were afriad that her chin and my son's chin might interlock due to their positioning. I went on to have two vbacs after the twins and the vaginal was much easier to recover from. Talk to you doctor. You don't have to agree to a c-section before hand you can always tell the doctor that you want to wait until you are in labor to see if it's medically neccasiary.

Rachel - posted on 06/21/2009

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As long as baby A is head down, you should be able to try natural if you want to. I have heard of drs. who insist on a C-sec for all twins, but it is not necessary! I am on the board of my local Mothers of Multiples group, and there are many, many moms who delivered fine via natural delivery! I would talk to your dr. about it & let him know your wishes! I was going for a natural birth, and everything was in line for that, but my baby A turned breech at 33 weeks...so we had a C... I would much rather have done natural b/c my first 2 kids were natural! Good luck & keep us posted!

Dani - posted on 06/21/2009

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i had my twins vaginally at 29weeks.. i was told to start with that if they were prem id have to have a c section.. but i really didnt want one.. so i pushed to not have one.. i hope they arnt that prem but if they do come prem and u want a vaginal birth push for it.. my ob has had twins born vaginally at 25weeks gestation.. she said it was a hard one but it was what the mother wanted and thats all that matters..

Jodie - posted on 06/21/2009

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i agree with everyone on here the only reason for a c-section would be if you really couldn't do it naturally so ask the doc his reasons!! Both my girls were hed down and i was induced at 38 weeks all went fine and they were both born naturally! It was nice for me to focus on them and not the pain i would have been in had i had a c-section!! Good luck with everything and remember you are in charge of your birth no one else :)

Amanda - posted on 06/20/2009

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i always wanted to have my boys naturally and told my ob and was planning to from the start but all the way through my pregnancy twin a was breach. everything was fine until 34 weeks i found out twin b's umbillical cord wasnt working properly anymore and i was in for a c-section the next day. was not how i wanted to do things but the main thing is my boys are happy and healthy. Have a plan. ask the doctor why they are recomending you to have a c-section and get yourself informed about it all. think about what you would like to do if there is no real reason to have a c-section make the decision yourself. i wouldnt let the doctors push you around. if you are comfortable with having them naturally i would.

Dawn - posted on 06/19/2009

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If they are head down, do the vaginal birth. I had two home births with a midwife with my first two boys, and with my twins, Baby A was transverse with umbilical cord down, and the other was breach. That forced a c-section and it was not fun. The girls were healthy though and stayed with me during our hospital stay.

Charlotte - posted on 06/19/2009

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I had my twin boys vaginally 10 weeks ago now despite doctors wanting me to have a C section. I had gestational diabetes and a very low platelet count. Luckly both of my boys were head down. I was determined to try naturally and only if there were complications would consider a C section. I ended up having the most amazing birth. I was induced at 37 weeks as I had started to dialate with out going into labour. This happened at about 10 in the morning the first thing they did before that was a blood test to check my platelet count which still ended up being low so I was not aloud an epidural so if I needed a C section at all the would of had to put me under and at that shage they still tried to talk me out of it but I still stood my ground. I gave birth to Jack at 7:30 that night with 7 doctors and 6 midwives in the room as I was the first in 4 years to have them vaginally in this hospital. My next boy Clinton was born at 8:10. Both boys were very healthy and their heart rates did not go up or down once through the whole thing. There were absolutly no complications and the next day was up and about and was fully recoveded by the time I went home a week later. I am so glad I stood my ground with the doctors. But at the same time is anything had of actually gone wrong I would have agreed to a C section. So I recomend that if you have the oportunity go for it. Hope this gives you some confidence.

Jenifer - posted on 06/18/2009

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thanks! That's the advice all my friends who've had c-sections have given me too! Get up and move as soon as possible!

Marne - posted on 06/18/2009

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A transverse breech presentation is certainly a VERY good reason for a c-section. The only other advice I would offer is to get up and walk as soon and as much as you can tolerate after the c-section. It hurts like you would not believe the first time you get up and is easier each time after that. You'll have less pain overall and an easier recovery if you get moving though. Good luck to both of you :-)

Jenifer - posted on 06/18/2009

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I think my dr's pretty open if I decide I'd rather try labor and a vaginal, it really depends on baby A. We'll see tomorrow what position she's in.

Christy - posted on 06/18/2009

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Just as a side note, I had a friend whose baby A flipped to vertex at 36 weeks. I know it is VERY rare, but it isn't impossible.

Most of the medical literature suggests that if baby A is vertex, you are good for a trial of labor, no matter what the position of baby B (since baby B can flip, been born breech, or be turned very easily in most cases). Do you have any other risk factors that would rule out a vaginal birth?

Jenifer - posted on 06/18/2009

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I would really sit down and talk to your doc about it. If you have the option of a natural birth, or should I say vaginal birth I would try it. There are some doctors who don't really even try vaginal births with twins just because the second baby might be breech or something else. Personally I have a c-section scheduled for my twins because baby A is breech/transverse. She hasn't been head down since the very beginning and she doesn't really have the room to flip around anymore. I would really just sit down and talk to your doctor about your options and his/her opinion and suggestions. Ask every question you can think of. Good luck!!!

Marne - posted on 06/18/2009

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What would be the medical reason for a c-section? In general a natural birth would be better for you and the babies. The action of being squeezed out of the birth canal actually stimulates lung function in a newborn, always an issue with twins since they are normally born a little earlier. It's also better for you as your body releases all sorts of hormones during labor to slow bleeding and stimulate milk production. If you don't have a labor or have very little labor you don't make as much of those hormones. A c-section is a surgery and as such carries risk. More risk than a natural childbirth under most circumstances. If however there is a medical reason such as pre-eclampsia, a prior c-section, one of the babies showing signs of distress, even gestational diabetes then a c-section MIGHT be a better option. I had 2 c-section. With my first singleton pregnancy he went into distress after around 14 hours of labor. During my pregnancy with the twins I developed a mild heart condition called supra ventricular tachycardia. The dr's were really afraid that my heart wouldn't be able to take the strain of labor so I had a scheduled c-section. In my case it was the best thing. However if it hadn't have been for the heart condition I would have considered a vaginal birth. Find out for sure the reasoning behind a c-section. If it's Dr's convienance, No way!

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