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post #1 of 91
Thread Starter 
What I want to know (in light of the induction thread) is WHEN your babies were born. I really want to know is WHEN women who WERE NOT induced or elected to have c-sections went into labor.

I feel like women who aren't messed with carry longer in general. I wonder if this is true. So here is what I am wondering.


WHERE DID YOU BIRTH:
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU:
WERE YOU INDUCED:
ELECTIVE C-SECTION:
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION:
SIZE OF BABIES:
TYPE OF TWINS:

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS:
post #2 of 91
Thread Starter 
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: At home
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 40w3d
WERE YOU INDUCED: No
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: No
SIZE OF BABIES: Baby A : 6#11 vertex Baby B: 6#15 vertex
TYPE OF TWINS: Di/Di

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I am so happy that I birthed successfully at home in the water. I had a beautiful birth with healthy babies.
post #3 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: At a temporary rental home in another state (neither twins nor VBAC were legal in my state)

HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 38 weeks, 2 days

WERE YOU INDUCED:No.

ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No.

REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: None, but I was DESPERATE to get them out and would have been begging for something elective had I been with an OB. Would have had a repeat cesarean if there had been any indication at all that something wasn't right about the pregnancy or birth process.

SIZE OF BABIES: 7 lb 4 oz, and 7 lb even. (both vertex)

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Wonderful! I feel like I did a crapton of research to determine what I was really facing, took all of that into prayer, knowing my body and my birth history, and came up with a plan A that was perfect for us. I had a plan B, and a plan C so I was covered if anything didn't go according to plan (so I was not averse to going to the hospital if needed and planned to be close). But it worked out, and for that I am thankful.
post #4 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Home
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 38 weeks 5 days
WERE YOU INDUCED: No
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: obviously not
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION:
SIZE OF BABIES: Baby A was 6 pounds 6 ounces and Baby B was 7 pounds 6 ounces

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I feel very good about my choices. Both babies were breech going into labor. A was born footling/complete breech and B flipped and was born posterior vertex. This birth was not "easy" but it was completely worth it. I had complete confidence in my birth team and they didn't let me down

SIDENOTE: I'd also be interested to know if the babies in question were MZ or DZ if it's OK with the OP? Mine were DZ/boy-girl twins. I think it makes a difference in the kind of birth you can expect to be "allowed" to have.
post #5 of 91
THANK YOU for starting this thread! It's hard to find all of this information in one place and it's really important for those of us in the middle of this to see and hear the positive birth stories! I know it makes me feel better just to know that I'm NOT the only crazy who's still carrying twins at 39.5 weeks...especially since that's what the general public seems to think!
post #6 of 91
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post #7 of 91
Thread Starter 
I added type of twins to the questions. So far it seems that when you are allowed to go term...you go to term!
post #8 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU:39 weeks, 3 days
WERE YOU INDUCED: yes
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: induction due to gestational diabetes, c/s because I had a million interventions and it was not time for babies to come
SIZE OF BABIES: A - 5.14 B - 7.1
TYPE OF TWINS: b/g

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Not great. I wish I would have refused induction. I know that there is a "need" for babies whose mothers have gest. diabetes to come on time, but I think A would have enjoyed some more womb time. Also, had I refused induction I would have been able to vag deliver. I had pit, water broke, epidural (in that order) - none of which I asked for or wanted. I never dialated beyond a 2 or 3. B/c my water was broken, I was bullied into a c/s for fear of infection. C/s resulted in me seeing children immediately after, but not nursing dd(B) until 6 hours later and not nursing ds(A) until at least 12 hours later. I consider it a miracle that we were able to bf after not starting right away.
post #9 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: at home
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 39 weeks on the dot
WERE YOU INDUCED: Yes, castor oil
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: Anxious DH, midwife going on vacation,
and I was not confident or well researched enough
SIZE OF BABIES: 6.11 and 5.12, both vertex
TYPE OF TWINS: MZ di-di


HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: The short answer is fantastic, although it's more complicated than that. I had two perfect babes at home the way I hoped, and I recovered easily. The fact that I induced with castor oil created some problems (slow labor before its time) but solved others (Baby B got out when she might have needed to, and we ended up with my MW's amazing super-star back-up MW). If I were doing it again I might have waited, but I have a hard time saying that since things turned out so well.
post #10 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital

HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 36 weeks, 6 days

WERE YOU INDUCED: No

ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No

REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: Baby B was an emergency c-section after a vaginal birth with baby A. Reasons - she flipped transverse after ds was born, placenta abrupted and I started hemmoraging.

SIZE OF BABIES: Baby A - 5lbs 8oz, Baby B - 6lbs, 3oz

TYPE OF TWINS: Boy/Girl

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Although I wish some things could have gone differently (does anyone really want an emergency c-section?) I feel pretty good about my decisions in terms of the care I received during pregnancy and delivery. I stuck to a few things that were important to me and although there was a bit more intervention than I would have liked (NST's and steroid shots due to early contractions and low fluid level around one baby) I am happy with the outcome.
post #11 of 91
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Originally Posted by homebirthing View Post
I feel like women who aren't messed with carry longer in general. I wonder if this is true. So here is what I am wondering.
I kind of don't understand this statement. Of course if you're not "messed with" (I assume you mean induced?) you're likely to stay pregnant longer than if you're induced--induction leads either to a vaginal birth or a c-section within a couple of days. I guess I am missing something here?
post #12 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital / unmedicated
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 35w1d
WERE YOU INDUCED: No
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: N/A
SIZE OF BABIES: A was 4lbs 15oz; B was 5lbs 15oz
TYPE OF TWINS: MZ (speculative mono-di, placenta pathology was 'inconclusive')

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Just fine! I did everything 'right' (protein, calories, water, listening to my body, etc. and they still came early. It just reinforced my belief that you can follow all the 'rules' and kids will still find ways to surprise you and challenge your assumptions!
post #13 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 38 w 2d
WERE YOU INDUCED:no
ELECTIVE C-SECTION:technically, I suppose yes. It was scheduled.
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: Pressure from care providers, insulin dependant gestatinal diabetes, suspicions from care providers about other things never diagnosed. Hospital bed rest for 12 days, at home bed rest anytime after 28 weeks that I happened not to be in a hospital. Baby b was breech, A vertex.
SIZE OF BABIES: 7.4 lbs each
TYPE OF TWINS: di/di

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS:
Depends on the day. While I didn't want a c-section, I felt that the system wasn't set up for me to succeed. I'm very grateful to have had full term, "take home" babies after they thought I'd be lucky to get past 30 weeks. I never felt that fear, but my care providers certainly thought so, despite never having symptoms of premature labor. My c-section was uncomplicated, but still hard on me. I healed very quickly, but the first 24 hours after the boys were born were a fog for me.

That c-section made it difficult to attempt a vbac with my subsequent birth, and while I tried (hard! 38 hours of ineffective labor with a doula), I still ended up with another c-section. And that c-section probably means that I'm done having children, because I'd rather not indure another c-section.

If I knew than what I know now, I'd want to attempt a natural labor with my twins. Yet I don't know really, since I know of a set of adult twins, one with cp, and it's thought that the cp was caused by reduced oxygen to the second twin during birth. I find myself very grateful that I've got healthy twins, despite the scar on my stomach.
post #14 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital Operating Room attached to Birth Center
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU:37 weeks 5 days
WERE YOU INDUCED: Not really - had pitocin at 9 cm dilated
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: N/A
SIZE OF BABIES: 6 lb 6 oz and 6 lb 11oz
TYPE OF TWINS: B/B I think fraternal?

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Very happy over all. I agreed to deliver in the OR, but declined the "just in case" epidural. Our MW caught both boys as the OB stood in the corner and waited in case anything went wrong. Stalled out at 9cm, had some pitocin, but it was ineffective and finally asked the MW to break the waters. Boys arrived shortly after. Great experience!
post #15 of 91
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OGirlieMama View Post
I kind of don't understand this statement. Of course if you're not "messed with" (I assume you mean induced?) you're likely to stay pregnant longer than if you're induced--induction leads either to a vaginal birth or a c-section within a couple of days. I guess I am missing something here?
There seems to be this association with being pregnant with twins and only carrying to 35 weeks scenario. So basically, as a mom of twins, are you more likely to have pre-term labor and birth just because you have more than one baby...or in reality, is it that care providers are causing a rise in pre-term labor and birth by overly medically managing women carrying twins.
post #16 of 91
Thread Starter 
So far the stats are:

For di/di twins: ALL NINE SETS went to term (a couple induced, but still full term)
For MZ: Went to 35 weeks (which is SO AWESOME!!)
post #17 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 37 weeks
WERE YOU INDUCED: No
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: Depends on your definition of "elective"
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: I had a C-section due to a breech presentation in twin A. She had been frank breech, but was transverse breech at the time of the C-section. I had pre-eclampsia and was in early labor, so that's what triggered the C-section.
SIZE OF BABIES: Twin A was 6 # 8 oz, Twin B was 4 #, 8 oz. Their size discrepancy and B's small size were a surprise undetected by late ultrasounds. Knew she was smaller, but A was estimated at 7-1/2 and B at 7 at 36 weeks. Oops!
TYPE OF TWINS: Fraternal

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I have mixed feelings. Knowing what I know now, I think A was probably turning from breech to vertex and that's why she was transverse. They told me I was in early labor, but I didn't feel anything. I wish we'd waited a bit longer. I called because I was having odd pains in my belly that weren't like labor and the L&D nurse told me to come in to triage. I have a lot of, "what if I hadn't called & the pre-e had been discovered the next morning & Phoebe had been able to turn vertex?" But I had pre-eclampsia and I know that can turn problematic quite quickly. It was not an ideal birth. I probably would have been induced the next morning because of pre-e & who knows how that would have gone? I have a lot of feelings about Fiona being in the NICU for observation & that would have happened anyway, even with a vaginal birth, given her size, apnea upon first nursing & severe jaundice. I worked through a lot of the feelings about their birth when I prepared for my VBAC.

I do wonder sometimes about these discussions of length of pregnancy -- there are mamas here who had premature babies and did *nothing* wrong. I worry that conversations such as these can be painful.
post #18 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: In a hospital with an OB who had a LOT of twin/breech experience

HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: Checked in with ctxns 5 minutes apart at 36wk6days, gave birth just after midnight at 37 weeks

WERE YOU INDUCED: I was having regular ctxns all morning and went in. After several hours, I agreed to have amniotic sac of TwinA broken. Several hours later, I added pitocin. Babes were born 8+ hours after checkin.

ELECTIVE C-SECTION:no

REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: We decided to augment labor mostly for my mental reasons (it was proceeding exactly like the long and very difficult birth of my DS... although he was posterior and had a head in the 97th percentile... so the actual delivery was a LOT better.) With the added worry of monochorionic twins, I didn't feel strong enough to weather 24+hours of labor in a hospital and 3+ hours of pushing (which I had with son).

SIZE OF BABIES: 6.2 (vertex) and 5.7 (double footling breech extraction)
TYPE OF TWINS: Monochorionic MZ twins

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS:Looking back (and realizing how wonderful and in control the actual delivery was), there is a part of me that wishes I hadn't hurried things along. But I also felt myself spiraling into despair as the labor followed the pattern of my DS so exactly... and in THAT moment, it was the right decision. So I guess I'm OK with it all. I *loved* the birthing part of my twin birth. I could feel everything, their heads were SO much smaller, and that wonderful joy in the room after the safe arrival of Twin A, followed by my OB saying "let's do it again!". Pretty cool. Not many people get that thrill.
post #19 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital w/ awesome OB, checked in fully dilated ready to push
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 30w5d
WERE YOU INDUCED:no
ELECTIVE C-SECTION:no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION:n/a
SIZE OF BABIES: 3,4 and 3,5
TYPE OF TWINS: dz

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Well, since I went into labor naturally 12 days earlier and had a terb pump to prolong my pregnancy it was what was necessary!
post #20 of 91
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Originally Posted by cjcolorado View Post
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Just fine! I did everything 'right' (protein, calories, water, listening to my body, etc. and they still came early. It just reinforced my belief that you can follow all the 'rules' and kids will still find ways to surprise you and challenge your assumptions!
Amen, sister!
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