A twin birth plan is basically an outline of your expectations and
wishes for your ideal labor and delivery.
Written birth plans are very common and help doctors, nurses, midwives,
etc. in understanding your particular desires and requests during labor
and delivery of your twins.
Because a twin birth will have to take much more into consideration than a single birth would, it is a great way to prepare. And because most twins arrive early, you should definitely start thinking about your plan well be for your expected due date. Even if you don't intend to actually write down a birth plan, you should still thoroughly discuss the birth of your twins with your doctor, midwife, or partner (our list of questions will really help with this!).
Below are several sample questions you will want to take some time think about when
preparing an official twin birth plan or when discussing a twin birth
plan with your doctor, midwife, or partner. Of course you can always modify and/or add your own to make it even more personalized. Most women simply type or
hand write a list and then make copies for all of the pertinent people/staff
who will be involved
with their twin birth. This is simple and easy to do and could make all
the difference in your experience of one of the most important days of
your life - the birth of your TWINS!
The above questions are just some of the more common issues to
contemplate. You need to establish a birth plan that works for YOU.
Most importantly, with a twin delivery, you may not be able to determine
exactly how things will go. Due to higher risk factors, certain
procedures or precautions may need to be implemented for the well-being
of mother and babies. Try to remain flexible, go with your instincts,
and always ask a qualified
healthcare professional about any questions or concerns you have.
There is a great organization called Marvelous Multiples that offers educational resources geared specifically toward multiple births.
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