Breech birth

Jillian - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I am currently pregnant with twins, and due in 3 1/2 weeks (so anytime really), and both of the babies are breech. Due to the fact that I have already given birth to 2 large babies, my doctor is not going to schedule a c-section and we are going to try a breech birth. Has anyone had a similar experience? How did it go? Is the recovery time longer? Any input would be great.

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Jennifer - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Jillian:

Well I had my babies April 10th. My water broke at 1 am, and I went to the hospital right away due to the danger of a prolasped cord, but labor didn't really start, they started me on pitocin in the early evening, but once they upped the dose and the contractions started to get "good", baby B's heart rate kept dropping so I ended up with a c-section anyway. But everyone is healthy, Molly Rose was born first and wieghed 6lb 7 oz, and Maxwell Richard was baby B and wieghed 6 lb 4 oz.



Congratulations Jullian, I hope all is well.

Gail - posted on 04/23/2009

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My first one was a footling breech and the other was head down but they did not want to deliver the footling becaue the cord was down there also. If the babies are much smaller, I bet it would go fine. My first two were big 10 lbs and 9lb 13 oz. I would have like to try but I understand why not in my case.

Jillian - posted on 04/22/2009

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Well I had my babies April 10th. My water broke at 1 am, and I went to the hospital right away due to the danger of a prolasped cord, but labor didn't really start, they started me on pitocin in the early evening, but once they upped the dose and the contractions started to get "good", baby B's heart rate kept dropping so I ended up with a c-section anyway. But everyone is healthy, Molly Rose was born first and wieghed 6lb 7 oz, and Maxwell Richard was baby B and wieghed 6 lb 4 oz.

Jill - posted on 03/29/2009

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I had both of my twins vaginally, they were both head down thankfully. But I did go over the risks of breech births with the possibiltiy that baby B could have turned feet first after baby A was born. I wanted to avoid a c-section so I would have been open to trying to deliver a breech baby, but unfortunately I couldn't talk my midwife into it. But as it turns out baby B stayed head first so it all worked out. So, I think if you feel confident enough and you trust your docs you should go for it.

Kathy - posted on 03/29/2009

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Hey, I had avagina birth with my first twin son 32 years ago, followed by the breech baby.  I was given a spinal, too early back then for epidurals, and the second breech was delivered after he was manually turned from true transverse.   Yes, the Dr. did that and it was okay with the spinal..   All went well and they are both great adults now.   They were born at 34 weeks and weighed 4# 11 oz and 5# 3 oz.  Boys.  Good luck and hang in there.   Don't stress too much.  

Dawn - posted on 03/28/2009

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I had 2 previous pregnancies b/4 my twins. They weighed in at 7.6 (37 wks) & 10.6 (41 wks). Both delivered at home with midwives. My twins were in the breach postions, and my doc wouldn't deliver them vaginally. You are so lucky if your doc does. In the end, for me, baby A ended up transverse w/ umbilical cord down. That is the worst position possible, so a c-section was inevitable. They were born at 37 wks and weighed in at 6.12 & 6.7. They stayed w/ me throughout recovery, were taken away to be washed up, and brought back to me in my room. The pain is the worst part. Recovery for a c-section is long. Vaginal births are so much better. Good luck!

Fiona - posted on 03/28/2009

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I have twin boys six months old and they were both breached my doctors would not let me go natural because the risk were to high on both babes i have had big babes before hand and my dc gave me a c section my boys were small boys at 5p and 7p i would not of done it any other way i recovered in three days home in two

Jillian - posted on 03/27/2009

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At the doctors office I go to there are five doctors and five midwives, but only two of the docs are experienced with breech births, but they are VERY experienced. I did sit down and talk with the one who will do the delivery, and she was confident, and knew her stuff, and has done many breech births over the years, so I feel confident with her, I was
doing research online, and scary stuff can happen, and I guess I just freaked myself out. It will be fine I'm sure. I had my 36 week ultrasound, and they estimated both at being about 6 lbs a piece already, so hopefully they come soon before they get too much bigger.

Angela - posted on 03/27/2009

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my boys are 6 yrs old now. twin a was head down, twin b was transverse, under my ribs. my 1st doc wanted to schedule a csection at my 1st doc visit. after much trouble with this doc, i switched to a new one. he was used to delivering twins vaginally as much as possible. my water broke with twin a, after about 10 hrs of labor, he was born. the doc reached up to check twin b's position. he was still transverse with water intact. the doc grabbed his feet, broke his water and pulled him out, breech of course. they were my 1st babies, twin a was 5lbs 13oz, twin b was 4lb 8 oz. i was so happy because everything happened just as my doc planned. i was only 20 yrs old with this delivery and i guess i was lucky. since then, i've heard about problems with breech delivery and am not sure that i would chance it again. i was a just a local hospital, no nicu or anything. with my daughter, i was more open to having a csection, but didn't end up needing one. good luck, hope you have a wonderful delivery experience, just make sure you trust your doc and hospital staff. it's always better to be safe, rather than sorry!

Tracey - posted on 03/27/2009

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I had twin boys 4 weeks early, Twin A was head down but needed ventouse, and Twin B was breech. I had to deliver naturally due to other issues, but was pushing against nothing for Twin B as my contractions stopped. He came out eventually with a lot of effort and some distress on his part 34 mins after Twin A, but all was well in the end (after a few days in SCBU).

I hadn't had any other babies, but they were only 5lb 12 and 4lb 12 so small enough not to do huge damage to me. I had an episiotomy for Twin B but it's healed fine.

This was 2 years ago now but I do remember the doctor trying to turn Twin B after Twin A was born which gave me the only stretch marks I had :-( it didn't work!

Good luck x

Nicole - posted on 03/26/2009

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I have 5 mth old twin boys & twin A was head down but needed forceps to deliver.Twin B was breech & the doc.needed to insert her hand (& part of her arm) to pull him out as he was still up under my ribs-hence the reason why I couldn't push out twin A my uterus couldn't surround the baby properly & when I pushed nothing happened.I also had 2 previous big babies 9 8lbs & 10 4lbs so the doc knew I could deliver natural.The doc tried earlier in my pregnancy to get me to have a c section but I told them that only if it was absolutely needed but I'm so glad I did it natural & it was all over in 7 1/2hrs & recovery was the same as the other babies. All the best with your upcoming twin birth.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2009

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I have 18 month old boy girl twins. I had one breach and one not breach. Twin A was head down and twin B was breach. I wanted to try to have them natural but my doctor would not do it. There was too much risk for the 2nd baby. When the 1st one was born then the 2nd one sack would break and then they would have to do an emer. c-section. So he really pushed for me to have a c-section. I was glad that I had it and even though it was painful afterwards I know that both babies were ok during birth. I have also had 3 children before all natural and 2 where over 8lbs but he still wanted the c-section. If you are worried talk to your doctor and do what it right for you and your body. Good luck and I hope that all goes well with the birth of your twins.

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