It can be a bit daunting to think of delivering twins. The only delivery option a woman can think of is a C - section, which makes sense. However, a woman can go for a vaginal birth as well in this situation. Let us talk about how.
I am listing down some points here for you to refer if you want to have a vaginal delivery with the twins:
- About one-third of all twins are born vaginally (that is a good enough number for me to prove my point) and the process is similar to that of giving birth to a single baby. If you’re planning a vaginal delivery, it’s usually recommended that you have an epidural for pain relief (Ladies, this is really important if you want to go for a vaginal delivery). This is because, if there are problems, it’s easier and quicker to assist the delivery when the mother already has good pain relief.
- If the first twin is in a head-down position (cephalic), it’s usual to consider having a vaginal birth. However, there may be other medical reasons why this would not be possible. If you have had a previous caesarean section, it’s usually not recommended you have a vaginal birth with twins.
- If you have a vaginal birth, you may need an assisted birth, which is when a suction cup (ventouse) or forceps are used to help deliver the babies.
- Once the first baby is born, the doctor will check the position of the second baby by feeling your abdomen and doing a vaginal examination. If the second baby is in a good position, the waters will be broken and this baby should be born soon after the first as the cervix is already fully dilated. If contractions stop after the first birth, hormones will be added to the drip to restart them.
When will a vaginal delivery be unlikely if you're pregnant with twins?
If you want to give birth vaginally, your practitioner will do what he can to help you. But there are cases where he'll recommend a c-section:
- The first baby is breech.
- The first baby is oblique.
- Both babies are in the transverse position.
- Your baby (or babies) are experiencing fetal distress.
- You're having triplets.
What is a mixed or combined birth? (This may also happen so, listen to me girl)
A mixed birth (sounds like mixing sodas, just kidding) occurs when the first baby is delivered vaginally but the second baby requires a c-section. This is rare — very rare. It's usually done only if there's an emergency with the second baby.
I hope you to find an interesting story to share about your delivery with your twins.