D.D. asks from Nevada City, CA on July 05, 2009
Twins - Nevada City,CA
Our youngest daughter and her hubby are expecting twins. They went to their first doctor's visit where the ultrasound showed the two babies and boy were they surprised! The doctor already talked about C-sections and that's the way he is expecting to go with the delivery. We would like to hear from those Moms and Dads out there who are parents of twins. Did you have natural delivery or did you have a C-section? Did your doctor push C-sections? Any complications? Thanks for any information you can provide.
1 mom found this helpful
So What Happened?™
Many of you asked me to post after our daughter gave birth to their twins. I'm happy to tell you, that on Friday December 18th, Abby and Ally were brought into this world, two and a half weeks before due date. Abby weighed in at 7 lb 7 oz, and Ally was 6 lb 13 oz. Because Abby wanted to come out butt first, a C section was necessary. Ally came out feet first. Mommy and babies are doing well. Again thanks to everyone who responded to my original question in July. Can you imagine having two babies that size inside of you? My first weighed only 7 lb 6 oz, and she was a single birth! I'm proud of our daughter for doing such a great job throughout the pregnancy and now as she continues to be a great mommy to their almost 2 year old son and now twin daughters.
G.K. answers from San Francisco on July 06, 2009
You sound like a wonderful grandma because you care and realize you're blessed. We were very fortunate to experience a natural delievery of our twins (with an epidural). Our girls were positioned so that it was possible. I'm sure you'll get a lot of expert responses. Our twins were positioned head down. I believe it's possible to find out the percentage of c-sections of a doctor's deliveries.
I believe it pays off to follow the doctor's instructions to a t when it comes to multiples. They don't usually make it to term, and so every last day before delivery is important to their development. My firstborn was in ICU for one week and the second born for two weeks. As premies they can have severe medical issues (as I'm sure you know). I prided myself on being totally healthy in every respect as insurance toward their well-being and it paid off!
All the best to you, your daughter, and son-in-law,
J.G. answers from Modesto on July 06, 2009
Congratulations D., what a blessing! I am a 30-year-old twin, and all of my friends who have had twins these days get C-sections due to the potential complications of delivering twins vaginally. My own birth is a cautionary tale: 30 years ago C-sections were still rare, and the doctor planned to deliver my sister and me vaginally. My sister, the larger twin, was positioned correctly for birth and was in first position, but I was breach. The doctor believed after my sister entered the birth canal, my head would follow her feet, and I would rotate and enter the birth canal after her head-first. Thankfully, he had a specialist standing by just in case. I remained in breach position after my sister was delivered, and my vital signs were fading fast as precious minutes ticked away. The specialist quickly stepped in, knocked my mother out, reached up, grabbed me by the feet, and pulled me out. As horrible as that sounds, he saved my life. I was born 13 minutes after my sister, and was in an incubator for my first few weeks of life recovering my strength. Happily, there was no lasting trauma, but if I had twins today my mother would certainly lobby for a C-section, for the safety of the babies.
Best of luck with your double blessing!
J.K. answers from Fresno on July 06, 2009
I would not go to a dr that pushed C sections. Often times they are necessary in multiple births but unless there is a high risk situation she should be able to try a natural delivery. She should consult with another dr but it should be one that specializes in multiples or high risk pregnancies.
S.B. answers from Redding on July 06, 2009
Congratulations on your double blessing!
My niece just had twin boys earlier this year. She was very against having a C-section but her doctor told her right from the beginning that it would all depend on the pregnancy and positioning of the babies, etc. He didn't tell her she HAD to have one, but he couldn't promise it wouldn't happen either. He really wanted her to be prepared for the possibility because she was so adamantly against it (basically saying she would REFUSE to have a C-section).
As it turned out, she was able to deliver one baby vaginally but the other was sideways and too far up so he had to be delivered by C-section. Half went one way and half went the other. The main thing is that they both got here safely and were perfectly healthy. Can you believe that both those baby boys together weighed just under 16 pounds? Even the smallest one weighed more than my son did. It was pretty amazing.
I guess my advice would be to not freak out at the mention of C-section like Joanna did but to have a doctor that is open to the possibility of vaginal delivery. Ultimately there is no way to predict or promise what will be best for the babies when the time comes, just like any birth.
Be sure to let us know when the babies arrive!
J.Y. answers from San Francisco on July 06, 2009
Hi Lucky Grandmother!
My twins have just turned 8. I had mine in Australia and they are really into natural over there. There was no talk about C sections unless there was a problem that couldn't be addressed. My doctor recommended an epidural so that if there were any problems, we could deal with them without delay. Since my first child was born completely drug free, I was REALLY for trying an epidural anyway! As it turned out, I had to be induced since they weren't in any hurry to come out. They were born vaginally. The first twin came out with no problems and the second twin was breech and there was a split second of panic until the doctor reached in and pulled the second twin out. He had told me this is fairly common and why he had recommended an epidural. When he told me this, I felt like a cow, but in reality it went so smoothly and I really didn't know that he was doing that. I was so much better off dealing with my twins having had such a "comfortable" delivery than I had recovering from the shock of natural childbirth.
I wish your daughter luck. You both have so much fun to look forward to!
M.G. answers from Bakersfield on July 06, 2009
Our daughter birthed twin daughters exactly one year ago---
a hospital vaginal delivery, as planned. C-section was mentioned when one of the babies repeatedly "crowned" then "retreated". Hopfully this non surgical delivery could proceed, knowing it was preferred over c-section, as long as nothing developed that would be dangerous to mommy or babies. Two OBs were present- one a friend (observing & advising). Thank God the delivery did proceed with our "non-surgical team" and wonderful effort by "Mommy". So proud of her, and she really appreciated "her team"!
Mommy and babies did great-- a job well-done!
E.M. answers from Bakersfield on July 07, 2009
My sister in law gave birth to two large twin boys last year. One was 6.5 lbs and one was 7 lbs. That was a lot of baby! Her doctor did not push a c-section, but was going to do a normal delivery- c-sections are reserved for complications and for when the baby can't come the normal way. If a doctor is pushing it, he is either really old school, or very new and they are doing alot of c-sections now- partially because there won't be any issues with the birth canal, and partially because the baby will be perfect and round from not having to endure birth. I would say, that if there is nothing wrong with her pregnancy, and if the babies turn appropriately, she should do it the regular way. C-sections are also a way for doctors to "schedule" your delivery, even when labor has not started. I beleive in them, but only when they are needed. I, personally, would inform the doc that this was going to happen the regular way unless the babies refused to turn.
C-sections leave you with a huge scar, and it takes a long time to heal, making mommy less than accessible to her new babies.
I hope this helps.
K.S. answers from Sacramento on July 06, 2009
Conrgrats on two more grandbabies! I was surprised (to say the least!) when my OB found two babies on the ultrasound at my first appointment. My dr. said there was no reason to plan a C-section unless issues developed later on in the pregnancy. She said as long as my pregnancy was progressing normally and baby A was head down, it didn't matter how baby B was lying. She could manually turn baby B if she needed to after the delivery of baby A. Well, long story short, at 39 weeks my water broke and I went into labor naturally. Both babies came on their own, 8 minutes apart, both weighing in at 7lbs 2oz. I had a fabulous delivery! My boys are now 10 months old and keep me plenty busy!! My advice to your daughter would be to find a doctor who has lots of experience with multiple births and not one who would plan a c-section this early in the pregnancy because it's more convenient for him. Congrats again on the double blessing!!