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Birth...did baby B turn? Vag vs C-section?

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May 27th, 2012, 06:08 AM
LadyBugMommyof1's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hi Ladies,
I'm curious how many of you had vaginal births vs. c-sections...? Of Baby A was head down, but baby B, did B ever turn during delivery or did you have a breech extraction?

My Baby A is head down. Baby B is still flipping (breech one day and vertex the next). Doctors say vaginal birth should be fine and there is only a 2% chance they would have to do a c-sect after vag on A...but only if B won't turn once A is out and/or if she got stuck in breech extraction...

I just want to hear your stories and experiences as I am nearing d-time! (I went into PTL a week ago and was hospitalized for 4 days...things are slowed with meds, but I'm thinking they might arrive within the next few weeks...)
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May 27th, 2012, 02:43 PM
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Hey . I hope the next few weeks go by quickly for you and the babies stay baking!

My OB was 100% onboard with vaginal as long as Baby A was head down (even if Baby B had been breach). His only request was that I get an epidural, because if he did have to go in to help manipulate Baby B after Baby A was out then it might be painful for me.

I attempted a vaginal. I was induced at 36w5d due to pre-eclampsia. Baby A was head down and Baby B was mostly transverse. I say attempted, because after 3+ hours of PUSHING, Baby A refused to budge. They even used a vacuum on his head ... no luck. So, I ended up with a C-section anyway, but it wasn't a case where I had delivered one vaginally and still had a c-section, because he never really made it that far out. I am sure if I had been able to get Baby A out then Baby B would have been no problem.
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May 27th, 2012, 08:04 PM
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I had baby A vag. Baby b was transvers and big. Things went quick and smooth with baby A but by the time they got to baby B I had been flat on my back for too long and my oxygen wasnt great. they did try to turn but baby b was stuck on baby A's placenta and they didnt want to keep trying because of my oxygen levels. I think things would have gone bettter if they hadnt insisted I lay flat. I wasnt able to do that after about 16weeks. But If I had it to do all over again I still would try for a Vag. The csection recovery was tough. Especially when your up and down all night with 2 babies.

Good luck, I hope everything goes well. And however things work out, Its just great to go home with 2 healthy babies.
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May 28th, 2012, 02:57 PM
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I had my twins at 37.5 week. Scheduled inductiond. Both were vertex. Baby A was born vaginally with barely any pushing. Baby B was born via emergency C/S. When she came down she came arm and cord first. When the Dr tried to reposition her she started not being able to recover from the contractions.

B spent one night in the NICU for breathing issues, but was back in my room the following afternoon. The recovery for my Vaginal/C-section birth was easier then then recovery from my first singletons vaginal delivery.
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May 29th, 2012, 04:34 AM
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I was induced at 37 weeks. My Dr was ok with vaginal birth as long as baby A was head down, and she had been head down for a long time. Baby B on the other hand flip flopped all over the place, well every position except head down. The plan was to flip baby b once baby a was out, but I had to have an epidural. Which was completely fine with me. Baby a came out really easy, then Baby b was turned with no problems and also came out fairly easy.
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May 29th, 2012, 06:58 PM
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I had an emergency c-section. Baby A head down and Baby B would have most likely turned head down had I delivered vaginally.
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June 7th, 2012, 01:10 PM
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my dr was on board ffor vag delivery as long as baby a was head down - which she was. at delivery baby b was head down too. i was induced at 38 weeks. after baby a was out baby b decended to the birth canal on her own and the dr broke her water. baby b was born 7 mins after A with no complications.
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June 8th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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So glad you asked about this. ive been wondering the same thing. im really hoping for a vaginal birth but all i have hear (Of course from either people with out chilldren or only having singletons) is how i am going to have to have a csection.
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June 9th, 2012, 10:59 AM
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Update: Baby A is still head down, Baby B is still transverse breech...there's not a ton of room for them to move anymore...BUT I am still hoping!

One more conservative doctor is recommending c-section. My own doctor and specialist are both recommending attempting for a vaginal birth and potential breech extraction.

My plan for now is to wait to go into labor and make a "game time decision" based on B's presentation at the time and what doctor is on call.

My biggest concern is getting the girls here safely and with as little trauma as possible to me. I hope to avoid a double whammy!
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June 16th, 2012, 11:21 AM
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My girls flipped constantly, but when I went into labor they were both head down. I had a lot of pressure even then from the hospital staff to have a c-section, but I ended up delivering them vaginally.

With twins sometimes you don't know what's going to happen until game day - as my OB put it.
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June 16th, 2012, 07:29 PM
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I had a vag birth. Both of mine were head down at birth, however, regardless, as long as A was head down they would do vag. Once A is out, B can flip, they can flip him, or as my doctors said so professionally (lol) grab his leg and yank him out.
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