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  #1  
January 29th, 2009, 04:56 PM
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I found out yesterday that I'm having twins. My first u/s showed one baby, the second one must have be hiding behind the first. At my 8w4d u/s yesterday the first thing my doc said was "Did we know it was twins?" I'm super excited, but one of the first things I asked my doc was what my chances are of having a vaginal birth. She said I'd be able to if both babies were head down. I know it's a really long ways away, but I'm disappointed that I may not be able to have the natural birth I really want. I'm going to try to stay super positive and do anything I can to make these babies go head down, but I know some of it is out of my control and I may have to surrender to a Csection.
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January 29th, 2009, 05:27 PM
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It is completely possible to deliver vaginally even if both babies are not head down at the time of going into labor. Many times one baby (the baby that is delivered first) is head down and the other is not but then after the delivery of the first baby the second one then turns to be head down also. I hate that so many doctors are forcing women to have a cesarean without laboring first but I do understand that most OB's have absolutely no experience delivering twins or breech babies so that is the reasoning behind it.

I'm so happy for you and the fact that you are expecting twins. Congratulations! I would recommend that if you really want to deliver the babies vaginally that you do your research and that may mean even switching health care providers. Good luck no matter what you decide hun!
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January 29th, 2009, 05:30 PM
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Congrats on your pregnancy and having twins!!!!!! I would discuss this with your OB and ask what their protocol, standard practice is, if you do not like their answer, shop around. I wish you the best of luck.
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January 29th, 2009, 05:34 PM
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I don't even know how to begin shopping around. I was an infertility patient and surprisingly got pregnant on a break. I love my RE, who is also an OBGYN. She is the one who told me both would have to be head down to deliver vaginally. I have another appointment with her in three weeks and will discuss with her again my wishes for a vaginal delivery and see if we can come to a compromise.

If I do decide to switch, how do I find out who would be willing to let me deliver vaginally if only one is head down?
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January 29th, 2009, 05:53 PM
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I wonder if there is a moms of multiples group in your area and ask them? I know a couple of my patients delivered their twins vaginally, but the first has to be head down.
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January 29th, 2009, 05:56 PM
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you need to make sure that the CP you choose has plenty of twin experience... how often do they have twin mamas? I imagine an RE has more then the average OB.

as for me- I've known and heard too many close calls and scary stories, so experience of the CP is essential. As is delivering in the OR, just in case. The reasoning for this is that the mechanics of labor are that once the baby is born the uterus doesn't need to be so stretched out, so it shrinks, and when that happens the placenta doesn't have as much "floorspace", and so it pops off, and if that happens before baby B is out then baby is without oxygen, and will need to be delivered ASAP, usually by cesarean. lack of oxygen can cause many problems, from mild to major.

It's up to you what you choose, but do your homework really well. You have some touygh decisions ahead of you!!!!
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January 29th, 2009, 06:07 PM
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Congratulations!

One mama in my PR was expecting twins and said that as long as the bigger baby was head down and due to come out first, then she could deliver the other baby breech, because in that case, it would be easier. It's very possible to deliver twins vaginally, there's just a greater risk for complications. Hopefully you are able to find a practitioner that is willing to let you give it a shot, providing the babies cooperate!
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January 29th, 2009, 06:50 PM
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I wonder if there is a moms of multiples group in your area and ask them? I know a couple of my patients delivered their twins vaginally, but the first has to be head down.[/b]
That's a great idea!
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January 29th, 2009, 08:30 PM
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Congrats!!

I have a friend who gave birth to her twins vaginally and one of them was breech so it is possible. She was at her home with a midwife so that made a big difference.
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January 30th, 2009, 01:18 AM
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Congrats!!! I was TTC 1 year+ with you!! Its so great to see you here and you are expecting double the fun
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January 30th, 2009, 03:10 AM
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Congratulations!! I really hope you get to have the birth that you want! Twins sound like so much fun!
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January 30th, 2009, 06:25 AM
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I know an RE is probably more experienced in twins, as far as hainvg more women with multiples, but the question is how experienced are they in vaginal delivery in general. I know when i was having Evie on OB told me the perinatologist could do an external version, and antoher told me they specialize in high risk and do most of their births by c-section, so what would they know about it.

I think so many women who go through the struggles of infertility are open to suggestion by their providers even more than other women because they got them pregnant so they must know best. I am willing to bet that a multiple pregnancy with an RE or other specialist is guided to c-section without much thought of other options. This is just my thinking, but if they are about getting and keeping women pregnant there is that huge control issue. A vaginal birth with a twin pregnancy is even less controlled that with a singleton.


Celry, I think your best bet is to research and call wround to other providers and get their take on things. A good provider will do a consultation visit without charging you.
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January 30th, 2009, 06:36 AM
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Wow CONGRATS!! That is so exciting Just stay positive, there is still a good chance you can have the birth experience you want *smiles*
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January 30th, 2009, 06:56 AM
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I agree that some women who see an RE listen to them without thinking on their own. I'm totally not that type of person. While my RE doesn't object to acupuncture or herbs, she doesn't suggest you use them either. I fully believe it was the surgery that allowed my babies to implant, but the acupuncture that allowed me to ovulate to conceive my children.

My RE is also an OBGYN and has non fertility patients as well. She has a lot of experience delivering vaginally. I'm not saying that I will stick with her, but I'm hoping I can convince her to see things my way and be willing to work with me on this. I will let her know that if she isn't willing that I will be looking else where.
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January 30th, 2009, 07:25 AM
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I have no wxperience other then I saw a really neat natural birth video on you tube with multiples. Even some triplets!!! I am sure you can find it. Its just woman and their babies, no actual birth pics
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January 30th, 2009, 08:05 AM
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Celry, I think you've got a great attitude about this and I know that no matter what happens and what you decide, you will be doing the best for your sweet babies. I'm soooo happy for you to be having twins after TTC for so long and now having twice the blessing! I hope you stick around and we can see you posting more.
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January 30th, 2009, 10:15 AM
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Wow, congratulations on your pregnancy after fertility issues and even bigger congrats for twins! That must have blown you away! I hope all works out to have the most natural birth you can. Just educate yourself, make sure your provider is well educated in trying to deliver twins naturally, and then just go with the flow.
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