L.G. asks from Harvey, LA on February 21, 2011
Twins - Harvey,LA
It seems like everyone who has Twins, delivers them by C-section. Is this true? Has anyone had a vaginal delivery of Twins? Have your Twins slept in the same bed or different beds? If they were in the same bed at first, how long until they moved to separate beds? Just trying to get a feel for things, I'm due in July with Twins!
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Thank you all so much for your experiences! I am slowly wrapping my head around everything, the questions usually just come flooding my head, lol. I have 2 older girls also, but this time it will be different with 2 at one time. :)
M.K. answers from Monroe on February 21, 2011
--I have twin neice and nephew, my bff has twins and two cousins have twins...two of the 4 had sections, one because of pre-eclampsia, and one because one baby was breech, the other two sets were delivered vaginally with no complications.
C.A. answers from Atlanta on February 22, 2011
Congrats! I delivered my twin girls vaginally-so yes its possible. They told me all along I would have to have a c-section however my doc knew I really wanted to delivery vaginally so when it came down to the wire and both were in position I was given the green light.
My twins always slept seperate UNTIL we took the cribs down into toddler beds. They are 8 now and I still catch them in the bed together but they share a room so I guess its expected. I know it won't always be that way-when they are ready they will let me know ;())
Good luck you will know what fits for your family the best! That is my motto-if it works for us then that is all that matters. I do the best I can do considering I have two at the same time!
L.M. answers from Norfolk on February 21, 2011
I had twin girls (fraternal) in September. My first pregnancy resulted in an unplanned c-section after failed induction (and a healthy little boy.) I contemplated a VBAC, but when we found out I was carrying twins, we figured the odds were not in our favor. I became borderline pre-eclamptic just shy of 38 weeks gestation and did deliver my two healthy girls by c-section.
Now nearly five months old, they sleep next to each other (whenever they are asleep at the same time.) Other than their crib, I have a mattress on the floor of their nursery so I can rest while nursing them in the middle of the night. Eventually, we all wind up on the mattress, but it seems to be the best way we all get some rest.
Good luck to you!
S.B. answers from Kansas City on February 21, 2011
I dont have twins, but my husband is a twin, our daycare lady has twins, my cousin in law has a set of twins, and a lady I used to work with had twins. None delivered by c-section. If you want a vaginal birth, push for it! There's no reason twins has to mean c-section.
Most twins sleep better in the same bed, at least at first, because they arent used to being apart. Generally the time to move them is when they can start moving around on their own.
You should see if there's a moms of multiples group in your area, ours has a couple.
Good luck, mama!
E.M. answers from Johnstown on February 21, 2011
I had my first twin natural--even w/out contractions, but when she was born, the other flipped, went breech, they lost her heartbeat and couldn't get her turned, so it was an emergency section for me :(
Mine were in the same bed for several months...I'm thinking atleast 8? maybe a little longer?
K.S. answers from Phoenix on February 21, 2011
i had my first child by c. because my blood pressure skyrocketed. then 2 years later I had a vback...single birth...then 2 years later twins...both vaginally...but 23 minutes apart. I was in the operating room "just in case". it was my best delivery...cuz I called the shots. but that's cuz I had two previous birthing experiences. yes they slept together for a few months...but not more than 4 or5 months. they are 15 years old and in separate rooms now! ; )) have fun! I love having twins!
A.G. answers from Albuquerque on February 23, 2011
I had my twins by c-section, it wasnt planned but my labor was going no where and after 32 hours i was ready for it to end..It wasnt what i had wanted but in the long run it doesnt matter, how they are born.
they slept in the same bed until they were about 4 months, after that they moved around too much and one would wake the other one up. Now they sleep in the same room differant cribs and that seems to work just fine.
Congrats! Having twins really is a double blessing
K.K. answers from Austin on February 21, 2011
I am a midwife. Twins can for sure be delivered vaginally. Your best bet though is to hire a midwife. I know a midwife in my area who even delivered triplets at home! There was 10 hours between the 1st and second baby. The mom's labor stopped to give her time to rest. Do not let a doctor tell you that you must have a c-section. That is not true. Watch this beautiful youtube video about twins born naturally. The last mom is the triplet mom who delivered at home.
P.S. Even if one is breech they can be delivered vaginally. All midwives I know are trained to deliver breech babies. OB's are rarely trained in this art though. So, you must find an OB that is willing to attend a breech birth or hire a midwife. Again, it is your decision! Don't let a doctor badger you into a c-section.
M.L. answers from Oklahoma City on February 27, 2011
I had my twins vaginally and the second one was breech! It is definitely doable. I should also mention that mine were also 6 weeks early and 4lb 5oz and 4lb 8oz at birth. But as my labor progressed my doctor and I discussed what we could do, and she was all for vaginal delivery. I was placed in an operating room and given an epidural (my choice), just in case a c-section became medically needed.
My girls shared a crib up until they were 6 months, and once we transitioned to twin beds at age 3 they will occasionally sleep together, even now at 10 years old.
Enjoy every minute with your twins, they are so much fun! And of course, include your older children as much as you can/and as much as they want.