C-section or Natural Birth With Twins?

by Kelcygh

My doctor said that I will have to have a c-section because it is safer and easier with twins due to the fact that they dont always turn the right way for birthing and can get stuck... Is it safer and easier or is natural the way to go?

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Oct 27, 2013
by: MJJ

I just read an article on WebMD today stating that a vaginal birth when baby A is head down has as good results as a C section. I had a vaginal birth with my first set of twins. Baby A was head down and Baby B flipped transverse after Baby A was born. The doctor reached in and directed him head first and he flew out. It was a beautiful birth.
I've worked with a lot of people in the labor and delivery field. The often remember the births that did not go well and practice to protect themselves from that eventuality. C sections seem more controlled but there are a lot of things that can go wrong with them as well. Your recovery will be so much longer. If you really want a vaginal delivery, talk candidly to your doctor. If you feel she won't support your wishes within reason, you can always seek a new provider.

Jun 25, 2011
I want to do natural but will go C-section if necessary
by: Karen

I just had the talk with my Dr. about this. I so want to have a natural birth with my twins (EDD Jan. 15, 2012) but I willing to consider C-section IF it is necessary. I had a WONDERFUL labor and delivery with DS over two years ago. I had IV pain meds but they were administered too late and I couldn't even tell that I had them and know I could have done it without them!! My dr. for this pregnancy told me that if Baby A (the lowest baby and first to be delivered) is head down (vertex) then I can have a natural birth, even if Baby B is breech. I believe that I will have to labor in an operating room and possibly have an epidural in place. However, if Baby A is breech or tranverse then I will have to have a C-section. It'll be a while before I/we know what positions the babies will be in for birth but I'm glad that I at least have the option of a natural birth.

Jun 16, 2011
Go natural
by: Ruth

I think if there are no risks to the babies you should go natural vs c section. Its always best if your health permits, the contractions are said to stimulate the baby and release endorphens when passing through the birth canal along with so many other advantages

Jun 16, 2011
by: nicOle

i ended up with a csectiOn as baby a was breech. afterwards it actually ended up being the best thing anyways because baby b had a true knOt in his cOrd...if he had have been bOrn vaginally he likely wOuld have had sOme majOr cOmplicatiOns if the knOt gOt pulled tighter ....i even had weekly ultrasOUnds and sOmehOw the knOt was unnOticed. persONally i listened tO my dOctOr...always have, i trust mine and they havent failed me yet. there are sO many things that can gO wrONg, especially with twins...why risk anything, all that matters is they get here safely.

Jun 13, 2011
What The?
by: Chaundra

Please do as April suggests and know your options. Also find out why, if everything is going well with your pregnancy, a c-section was even suggested as the only option. I delivered vaginally with a breech baby B who was safely delivered feet first. I would be concerned with a doc not confident enough to deliver twins, especially in favorable conditions. Good luck!

Jun 13, 2011
Know your options
by: April

Not sure who your medical provider is; however, depending on how far you are in your pregnancy they should not state that you will have to have a c-section unless there are problems that are presenting at this time. If one or both babies are head down, then you can opt for a natural birthing process. Depending on where you are located, and various state laws, you may be required to deliver in the operating room, and not a normal room. They usually limit the number of people in the room, because of the required staffing. If one is breech, and the primary is vertex, then you can opt for an External Cephalic Version, where the doctor will use ultrasound guidance to flip the second baby once the first is delivered. This is typically only done when baby B (or the baby not presenting first) is the one that is breech. Ensure you know all your options, because even if both are head down baby B could always flip after baby A is delivered. At that time you can run the risk of an emergency c-section. It depends on what you would like to do, the factors surrounding the pregnancy, and what your providers are willing to do for you.

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