How hard is it to have non-Caesarean birth with twins?

Cynthia - posted on 03/20/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )




I am at the end of 25th weeks now with twins, and I am trying to decide how difficult it is to give natural birth to twins...did anyone have success with breech babies?


Bridgette - posted on 03/22/2010




I have 17 year old twins and the second one was breech. I ended up having a caesarean becouse it was no way possible for her to come out. When they took her out, her cord was wrapped around her neck and she wasn't breathing. I do know someone who has has success with natual child birth with twins and one was breech. It is possible. Good luck!!

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Cynthia, I don't speak from personal experience, but my daughter recently gave birth to twin daughters and didn't need a c-section. She was induced at 38 weeks and asked for an epidural, which unfortunately didn't work completely! The birth was pretty rough but once those girls decided to come, there was no stopping them! My daughter said the birth was no worth than her first daughter's birth.

The babies were small (2.5 kilos) but healthy, and didn't have to go into the special care nursery. They both took to the breast readily.

So that was a positive experience, but it's not possible to say how things will go for you. So are one or both of your babies breech? That changes things, of couse, so it will be a matter of didcussion with your doctor.

Hope things go well!

Amanda - posted on 03/20/2010




My mother gave birth to twins naturally, my sister was head down, and I was born second feet first. Are both babies breeched or just one? Also are they bum breeched or feet?

Rebecca - posted on 03/20/2010




A friend of mine was able to deliver her twins without a cbirth. It was difficult but she was able to keep them in until 37 weeks and they were both in the 6lb range.

Try to stay positive but don't rule out cbirth in case it is necessary. I went in with my first dead set against drugs and by 7.5cm i was begging for them...i regret it now becuase 20 minutes after getting it i was pushing. Make sure you have a great support person or people in there with you and you can do anything:) My husband and i played Yahtzee when i was in labor with my second and it made it go by faster then it already was...2hours start to finish...and it also helped me relax,no drugs this time around lol. It's a great keep sake for our daughters baby book as well,we saved all the games we did:)

Good luck and congrats on welcoming 2!

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Sarah - posted on 04/10/2013




I had already given birth before so knew what to expect.
It wasnt that tricky. I gave birth naturally but neither were breach.

Firebird - posted on 10/20/2010




I have 2 cousins with twins. Neither of them had particularly difficult labours. One cousin had a baby breech though and the other had one that got stuck, so the doctor had to break baby's leg to get her out. Even the doctor said that was an unusual circumstance, and her leg healed in no time. Apparently it's not too much different than pushing out one.

Brooke - posted on 10/19/2010




You still have time for your babies to turn. My understanding throughout my pregnancy with twins was that as long as BABY A is head down you can attempt natural delivery. Since I am opposed to mandatory C-sections following the first c-sect. i was pretty determined to deliver naturally. I was lucky in that both of my boys were head down when it came time to deliver and I know of many other twin mom's who delivered twins naturally too. I think you should hold out and see what position those little tykes are in just before delivery! Good luck!

Lexie - posted on 03/22/2010




My first twin arrived extremely quickly, even the doctor wasn't ready for her arrival...Her head arrived as he was walking out the door to make a coffee (it was 1am...), and as she was the larger of the 2 at 5 pound 5, she "opened the door" for my second daughter who was bum breech who "slid out easily" effort required for her...12 minutes later. My girls were 5 1/2 weeks prem.

Leanne - posted on 03/22/2010




natural delivery with twins is very common. :) I know a lady who had nautral with triplets, she says it was no different with baby 2 or 3 than when the first baby came out. Talk to your doctor and maybe also ask a health nurse or go on the hospital tour and talk to one of the labour and delivery nurses. They owuld have LOTS of information :)

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Hi well i never had twins but i was talking to a mom just yesterday who had twin boys 9mths ago.She gave birth naturally the second boy was breech..but she deliverd them just fine both boys at 7lbs 10 each.:-)

Danielle - posted on 03/20/2010




My friend had a vaginal delivery with her twins. They were both head down and in the perfect position, plus she had the epidural so her labour and delivery went very smoothly.

Amanda - posted on 03/20/2010




At 25 weeks there is plenty of time for the twins to switch positions, but its highly unlikely for both twins to not be breech, twins tend to be in a T positions or 69er position. You do not need to be induced, I was born at 42 weeks, and turned out just fine!! They only induce twins to feel like they have control. But it is not medically needed!!

Cynthia - posted on 03/20/2010




Thanks! I don't know...I am only at 25th week so I don't know if they will both be head down, but looking at all kind of options...the hospital here does have a policy with twin natural birth, I have to do it in the operating room - didn't quite like that - the boys will be our first children, and probably last, so we don't want to miss out the non-intervention experience, the labor room here is really nice, with Jacuzzi, birthing ball, squatting bar, but I don't know about the operating room :(

Peita - posted on 03/20/2010




A friend of mine had twins naturally quite a few years ago! She delivered her boy fin and her little girl was still in breech position, just before she was about to push her out, she flipped and everything went smoothly! I know someone who delivered a full term single baby that was breech vaginally and she had no tearing or other problems! Everyone is different, so I suggest you just give it a go and see how things pan out in labour! Good luck on your choice, if you are having difficulties in labour, just remember there will be doctors and nurses available to help and do what needs to be done!

Joanna - posted on 03/20/2010




I was talking to this amazing lady I know who works at the grocery store, talking about our babies... And she told me about how she gave birth to her twins naturally. The first one came out headfirst, no problem, but the second one was breech... they tried to turn her numerous times but couldn't, and eventually she was born feet first!

So it can be done, even if a bit unusually.

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