C-section???

Melanie - posted on 10/18/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I a due Jan 6th with b/g twins and i saw my doctor today who told me he is booking a csection for Dec 24th. I am really uncomfortable with the whole idea. First it is christmas eve, second i won't get to hold my babies as soon as they are born and third i will be in hospital for a few days. I am 29 weks tomorrow and i would just lke the opportunity to try for a natural birth. Both my 2 kids were natural births and in a lot of ways i feel like my doctor is pushing me into this. I am considering getting a second opinion because i would just like the opportunity to try for a natural birth. If there is no other choice i will agree to the csection but only as a last resort. Is anyone else booked in for a csection? If so how do you feel about it? So far there have been no complications, my twins are both growing normally and i just want the option of a natural birth.

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Miki - posted on 10/18/2010

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Did your doc explain why he wants you to have a C-section instead of going for natural?

Definately go for a second opinion, it nver hurts and it will give your more of a sense of peace of mind.

Dawn - posted on 10/25/2010

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I too am having b/g twins. Everything is going great with pregnancy. Both babies are healthy. Just last week I asked my doctor about having csection or natural. He said that he would like me to have them natural unless I have complications. But it really is my choice. Maybe you should get a second opinion or maybe tell you doctor you would rather go natural. Maybe he is doing this so that he won't be bothered through the holidays??? Who knows...but you should still be able to choose if there are no complications I would think. Good luck!! =)

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Wow that's really rude of your doctor! Unless there is a medical reason I would be asking to at least try for a natural birth. I am in the same position as you - I have 2 daughters already and I am due to have twins in just over 3 weeks - however my Dr asked me how I wanted to give birth and I told him that unless something went wrong I wanted natural all the way. I am prepared to have the epidural in, just in case something goes wrong because I have been told if there is no epidural in place and I need a c-section then I'd have to have a general which means I wouldn't be able to see our babies, let alone hold them for awhile.The only positive of having a c-section (for me) is that I would have my tubes tied while everything is opened up : ) I hate the thought of having a c-section as I believe the recovery is so much longer and there's so many things you 'can't' do. My doctor has told me that he prefers to take twins around 38 weeks because sometimes they find things start going wrong on the inside with them if they're left too much longer. I have been happy with that because the twins are growing great but unfortunately I am in pain basically 24/7 and I asked him how soon I could be induced...I am booked in to go and be induced in 2 days time which will make me 37 weeks. Our babies are healthy and they are pretty much exactly the same size which is good. I'm so excited but also scared as well. I'm hoping the induction works quickly and they're born close together. Good luck with your twins and let's hope you get to have them naturally!

Jennifer - posted on 11/15/2010

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Not only is a c-section easier for the doctors schedule but they get a heck of a lot more money from insurance.



Also remember that a c-section is MAJOR surgery and with any surgery there is risk of complications. There is a high rate of infections after c/s that the docs. never talk about.



DS#1 is Dec 26th, there are ways to make a Christmas baby work. We always had a half birthday June 26th so he could have a special day for himself.

Tegan - posted on 11/15/2010

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I'm expecting twin boys in jan and my doctor is also talking about c-sections... his reasoning is that Twin A was breech at my last scan which was at 28 weeks!! I'm hoping he has turned so then there is no reason why i can't try to have them naturally!! A lot of doctors try to push for c-sections with twins just to cover their backsides even tho there is no reason what so ever why bubs cant be born naturally... i would defienatly be speaking to another doctor

Lee Ann - posted on 11/01/2010

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my 2nd baby is due Jan. 13th but I'm sched. for a c-section Jan. 6th, I had my 1st c-section b/c of an emergency situation.....My Dr. & I both felt more comfortable with another c-section.....so at least we came to a mutual agreement, however your dr. didn't really give you that option, i have heard of many Dr. not wanting to let twins be born natural b/c they say in most cases one may be turned correctly but the other one is not and then it turns into an emergency situation, so that may be his reasoning, I'm not really sure, i would talk with him more about it and ask him why he feels that its the way to go so to speak...good luck

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2010

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I am planning on having a C-section (this is my 3rd baby). My first was natural, 2nd was an emergency c-section. My first was born 2 days after christmas (induced the day after christmas) and we just make it a policy in our family that christmas is not a copout for her birthday.
With my 2nd, I told the doctor who told the nurses that no family except hubby was to hold the baby until I got to. And actually, I was the first one to hold him. When I got to post-op, the nurse called OB and they brought the baby to me in post-op.
You will get to see and kiss your babies in surgery. You can have an epideral instead of being totally knocked out. If you have not used pain medication like an epidural in the past during a vaginal delivery and there are complications requiring an emergency c-section, they will knock you out completely and you won’t see your babies until you become conscious. With a scheduled c-section, you can have an epidural and be awake and see and kiss your babies when they are born.
I would talk to your doctor about why he is recommending a c-section, he has to see some type of reasoning in it (besides being able to get the tax credit for this year!!). At this late in the game, I would prefer to not have to change doctors.

Lara - posted on 10/25/2010

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I'm actually getting a c-section. But with all my babies I have to get them, so not that big of a deal for me. I see that you have another doc appt, hopefully thay can tell you you can have them naturally!
But also, whoever told you that you can't hold your babies right after birth is mistaken. I have been able to hold all of my babies right away!

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2010

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If you are uncomfortable with the decision, then definitely get a second opinion. I have never birthed twins, but if your pregnancy is low risk and they are growing well, then I would be hesitant as well. I would go and ask on the natural birth boards as well. There must be others who have birthed twins without a section and had no problems. Are there any nurse midwives practicing in your area? You may want to talk to them. Drs are quick to perform interventions/schedule c-setions bc it makes birth easier and predictable for them. ANd he probably wants to get it out of the way before the holiday week.

Dottie - posted on 10/19/2010

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Melanie, I would also get a 2nd opinion. Almost always anymore twins are delivered via C-Section, I do not know why since I have not had twins. My first son was born via c-section. Its not scary, or bad, just different. The recovery is a little longer, but the surgery is only about 2 hours. I do not know if I would want Christmas Eve as my date tho. Good luck and keep us posted!
Dottie

Melanie - posted on 10/18/2010

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I got a few number's off my midwife today and even she said there was no medical reason for a csection. I have an appointment with another doctor on Friday and she is all for natural births and only does a csection if there are complications. So just got to wait until my ultrasound on Friday and go from there

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I was told that if you feel uncomfortable with the way your doctor wants to deliver your children, you should switch doctors. C-sections have many complications after birth for the babies, too, like a higher risk of ear infections. I will be having mine naturally. There's no reason why I shouldn't and if your babies are growing normally I don't see why you should have to have a c-section either.

I've also heard some doctors prefer to do c-sections because it's easier on them, but seriously, who's really doing all the work there? The mom! So you should be able to choose which way you'd prefer.

I'd get a second opinion, or switch doctors.

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2010

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I didn't have twins but my dr. did that too me because my boy turned breech at 38 weeks.
Then she presented in such a way as to make my DH thing there would be danger to the baby. I was so MAD!!! I know it was totally unnecessary. the worst part was I reacted badly to some of the drugs and was throwing up and in/out of consciousness for 2 hours. It took 2 hours for me to hold my baby

I didn't have the information or knowledge to fight back. This time I am going to see a midwife group and they said if this baby turns breech they are willing to wait and see if it turns around and let me try to labor.

I think it is very irresponsible of dr.s to automatically schedule a c/s because of twins. A lady in my mommy group had twins, she gave birth to #1 just fine, the 2nd settled back down so then they had to do a c/s.

Absolutely get another opinion if that is what you want. You absolutely can try to labor with twins. See if you can find a midwife they can provide you with lots of information. Call around to other dr.'s

Trina - posted on 10/18/2010

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I second a second opinion. Twins don't necessarily equal an automatic c/section. I have a friend who delivered two 8 pound babies naturally(but in a OR just in case)...call a Doula or a midwife who could probably point you in he right direction. (probably a midwife could look at your records and tell you yay or nay)

Connie - posted on 10/18/2010

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I would definitely press for a reason why. As the mother, as long as there is no medical reason why, your wishes should be observed first and foremost, not at the dr's convenience. Be firm, be persistent, and I'm certain you'll get an answer.

Also, if there is a medical reason, you should get a say in the date!

Michelle - posted on 10/18/2010

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I agree with Miki. Get a second opinion because if everything is going fine there is no reason for a c-section.

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