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Sunday, April 19th 2009, 1:45pm

C-section or natural?

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Just wondered what peoples thoughts were on having the elective caesarean section or virginal delivery. I really don't know what to do! At first I thought virginal unless C-Section needed in labour, now I'm thinking C-Section maybe better. Am starting to get nervous now!
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Sunday, April 19th 2009, 5:54pm

Well I asked my consultant what did he think was the safest option for multiples as he specialises in twins and he said c section, in case something goes wrong during vaginal then 2nd bubs can be in there too long. Guess I am gonna take that advice unless they decide to make an unexpected early appearance!!

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Sunday, April 19th 2009, 8:51pm

My obs team promoted vaginal delivery if the babies were in the right positions. I was convinced (on gut feeling more than anything) that a c section would be safest so I was very happy when both babies ended up breech so the decision was made for me & I was booked in for an elective section.

That said I know plenty of women who have had successful vaginal delivery of twins. I guess my advice would be if you have your heart set on a v delivery then go for it. If you're not fussed either way then, from my experience, an elective section is not a bad option!

It's worth talking to your midwife and consultant about the type of care you should expect and what the hospitals c-section rate is normally. In my hospital the emergency c-section rate for single births at the time was sillily high (about 40%). This didn't give me much hope for a trouble free v delivery in their hands, which further made me want an elective!

Good luck, - exciting times ahead! :D

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Sunday, April 19th 2009, 9:01pm

well so far the hospital have said vaginal is best..baby 1 is head first at moment and 2 breech. By the looks of it lots of people opt for elective section. Did ur babies turn at last minute? I thought there wouldnt be enough room for them to turn now?
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Sunday, April 19th 2009, 9:18pm

I'm stuck with a so-called elective c-section, not that I had any choice. My fist two children were caesarean births and my doctor/midwife is not even going to think about letting me go into labour! I'm fine with the procedure - been there, done that, but I'm a little worried about the time it takes to recover after the surgery with not one but two babies to care for - it was hard enough with just one when I was quite a few years younger!
Frankie, when I had my 20 week scan the sonagrapher told me that the breech baby is so thrilled at the sudden amount of room it has when baby no 1 is born that it will in most cases turn almost immediately! I'm not sure if this is true though, best check with a midwife.
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Monday, April 20th 2009, 8:19pm

Hi I have been told that a c section is the norm for twins at my hospital.

I have my heart set on a vag delivery if not for both then at least one.

I would love to know what a natural birth feels like, would love to feel contractions etc even if twin 2 needs a section.

Of course at the time i will do what is best for me and my babies but ideally i would like vaginal delivery f i can.

I am not going through ivf again so this will be my only pregnancy so i would like to experience the pain, sounds crazy i know.

good luck with all yourdeliveries regardless of what delivery you have xx
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Monday, April 20th 2009, 9:27pm

Hi I elected to have a c sec and my consultant was in full support of this.
This thread may help -

Twin birthing plan

Any advice to pass on


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Monday, April 20th 2009, 9:33pm

Normal birth V C section

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Tuesday, April 21st 2009, 10:17am

Hi I had to have an emergency c sec with my twins at 33+1 as A was a footling breech and her feet had started to come down so the choice was taken out of my hands - in any case both were breech for pretty much of the pregnancy so I suppose I always knew a natural birth would not happen.

I had my first child natural and if I had the choice I would go for natural delivery every time. I just felt that I had brought my baby into the world and like you say felt the pain etc but I suppose as long as they get here healthy, the way in which in they arrive doesnt matter although I struggled and sometimes still do with the way their birth went but thats another story.

Good luck with the twins hun and I hope you get the birth you want xx
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Tuesday, April 21st 2009, 2:42pm

I'm going for an elected c-section. I've spoken to a few twinnies mums who were going the natural route - only to have to have a c-section because of complications. All quite stressful . My consultant is fully supportive of c-section. I'm v hapy with the decision and am lucky in that my other half will be off for a month when they're born - so I'll have lots of help as I recover.

One pal who had c-section wore that arnica tablets helped her recover much quicker by keeping bruising to minimum. I'm going to try that.

Good luck

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Thursday, April 23rd 2009, 6:28pm

If anyone would like a normal delivery but is doubting their ability, make a cup of tea and read through this.....

http://www.radmid.demon.co.uk/twins.htm





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Friday, April 24th 2009, 7:04pm

My hospital always opt for Vaginal birth, but as twin 1 was breech frm 28wks I had no option to have CS they also came at 35wks. My friend had an elective cs as she is adopted and did not know her family history. However I know a few people who have gone for natural and ended up natural for the first and cs for the 2nd due to complications, but also know people who have done in naturally.
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Sunday, April 26th 2009, 3:26pm

Hi All

I had a vaginal delivery with an epidural and it was genuinely easy. I think any birth with an epidural would be. You feel nothing. AT ALL. People kept telling me how strong and amazing I am and I just felt like a fraud. Harry was born with Ventous and Hannah was born 5 minutes later breech. I'm honestly not even sure I pushed her out. We were doing sudoku puzzles waiting for me to dilate! It was very calm. You have the contractions / gas and air etc early on and then they give you the epidural and you just feel wonderfully at peace - like when you have a break in between really bad period pains!

The fact that there are two babies instead of one didn't really factor. You do all the work for the one baby and the second one just needs pushing. You are so caught up checking that the first baby is ok and marvelling at their beauty that you don't really notice the time passing. I didn't realise I had passed the after births either.

This wouldn't be the case without epidurals. I could hear the ladies without them down the corridor so please don't think I'm belittling their efforts!

I wanted a natural delivery because I wanted to be able to move around/carry the babies straight away.

I realise this seems a bit far fetched. All the classes, magazines etc assure you there will be/should be maximum pain - it's a matter of how you deal with it. Well rubbish!

If you're opting for a c sec for pain relief reasons (and with twins it's defintely understandable!) then please bear in mind that a c sec is carried out with an epidural. It's the same pain relief. It may take longer but the benefits to you and the babies are worth it.

It annoyed me in the classes that all the focus was on being upright and mobile for the 'natural birthing position' - i.e. no epidural as it may take hours longer.

So what if it takes a few hours longer? In the big scheme of things what is a few hours? I was recommended to have an epidural if I went naturally as they may have to move the 2nd one into the correct position. I was more than happy to go with the suggestion and pleased that I didn't have to feel guilty!

Just thought you may like to hear a different point of view...

Good luck ladies!
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Sunday, April 26th 2009, 3:39pm

wow sue well done you.

you have given me so much hope and i really do hope i can have natural delivery.

congrats x
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Sunday, April 26th 2009, 3:47pm

Quoted

Originally posted by Sueshe

It annoyed me in the classes that all the focus was on being upright and mobile for the 'natural birthing position' - i.e. no epidural as it may take hours longer.

So what if it takes a few hours longer? In the big scheme of things what is a few hours?


It's not that epidurals make labour longer, in fact one of the reasons a lot of people want to avoid intervention is because some hospital policies are all to do with speeding things along. It's more to do with the fact that sometimes, lying down makes labour longer and as the Mum can't feel or move her body in response to pain, her contractions may not be as effective and slower labours can lead to 'further' intervention such as a syntocinon drip to accelerate labour. The combined action of the rapid and strong effects of the syntocinon along with a lengthy labour can cause babies to tire and this affects heartrate recovery.

Another side effect of not being able to feel the pains of labour or remain mobile is that it can add to malpresentation of the baby which can also make labour longer and physically harder, not just for the Mum but for the baby.

Having had an epidural I can say yes, it was wonderful (apart from the back pain I've suffered with since)... but also having had an active and mobile birth without pain relief I can also say it was wonderful in a different way. Of course I had singleton babies and I'm well aware that second twins can sometimes require more skilled delivery techniques which unfortunately our midwives are losing the skills to perform as more women opt for surgical births. If a Mum desires a normal, mobile vaginal delivery she should dismiss the idea as a fantasy, instead she should seek as much information as possible about birthing and find out the pros and cons of each particular option.








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