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post #21 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital (home wasn't an option where I live)
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU:37 weeks + 1 day
WERE YOU INDUCED: Nope, water broke and off we went
ELECTIVE C-SECTION:Not really
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION:C-Section due to footling breech presentation and a TON of blood when my water broke
SIZE OF BABIES:5 lbs 12.5 oz and 5 lbs 15 oz.
TYPE OF TWINS:DI/DI which turned out to be monozygotic

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I was THRILLED to have gone "full term", overjoyed really. The c-section was terribly non-empowering for me (given that my last birth before this one was a wonderfully gentle home birth). I know that there really was not much I could do about it, but I still to this day wonder (especially when I hear other stories here about mamas birthing footling breech baby A's) if things could have been different. The "rules" here in Canada for breech have now changed, but they still include footling breech as a criteria for operative birth. So, I'm happy enough with my decisions (and my wonderfully healthy babies that went straight home with me 2.5 days later), but I still mourn the natural birth I didn't get with them.

PS I seem to recall a poll on her a while back that showed when the mamas here birthed their babes. Sorry, I'm too darned tired to find it!
post #22 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: first set-at home, second set-hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: first set-39w1d, second set- 38w2d
WERE YOU INDUCED: no, no
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no, no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: had an emergency cesarean under general anesthesia due to fetal distress and TTTS with second set
SIZE OF BABIES: first set- 7lbs, 6oz and 7lbs, 6oz; second set- 7lbs, 9oz and 6lbs, 6oz
TYPE OF TWINS: both sets are monozygotic (and monochorionic)

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I am so glad that I chose a homebirth (HBAC) with my first set of twins. It was a wonderful birth! I don't regret planning a UBAC for the second set, even if it did end in another cesarean. I know the c/s was necessary but honestly, it doesn't really help me feel any better about it. How I wish things could have been different...
post #23 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 36w 5d
WERE YOU INDUCED: no
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: Sort of
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: There was a discordance between the babies and one was "failure to grow". There was only one placenta and both babies were transverse.
SIZE OF BABIES: Baby A 4.3 pounds, Baby B 5.28 pounds
TYPE OF TWINS: Fraternal

I was quite happy with the descision. I had a really quick recovery from the surgery and nursed both babies within 10 hours of giving birth. Baby A was breathing and eating on his own, but was just too small not to be in the NICU. Baby B was with me rooming in. I did the sould searching and realized that maybe it was better for Baby A to grow on the outside than suffer on the inside. If I had to do it over, I would do more research into nutrition and food so that they would have been bigger at the time of birth and maybe I could have avoided the NICU. The surgery was great, I hardly have a scar and am planning for VBAC in November. All in all a great experience.
post #24 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 32w 3d
WERE YOU INDUCED: no
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: n/a
SIZE OF BABIES: Baby A 3.12 pounds, Baby B 3.6 pounds
TYPE OF TWINS: dz b/g

i had horrendous varicose veins in my pelvic area and couldn't move without extreme pelvic pain due to those and also spd. i'd also been having intense runs of contractions since 27 weeks. so my body was soooo happy to birth when i did. it was the most incredible relief i can't tell you!! but my mama heart broke to have them early and in scbu, and i do wish i'd taken it easier than i did in the last few weeks. but i was single with four older children. and i spent most of the pregnancy lying down in bed from 5 weeks. just got up to cook and do basic laundry etc...so i figure i gave it a pretty good shot to grow them as long as i did

with the births i was encouraged to go for a section as soon as we got in as baby a was oblique breech. but he shifted to breech over the next hour and both babies were vaginal births. i'm grateful to God for this, as it meant i was on my feet to express and take milk to the babies every couple of hours. if i'd been bedridden afterwards it would have been hard to get my milk established as there were no 'runners' for me to get pump, bottles etc.

i had a friend expecting mz twins at same time who had surgery in first trimester to have cysts removed and was told her girls wouldn't make it. she lost weight the whole pregnancy and ate really badly but had a section after failed induction at 38 weeks.

cause and effect is proven everyday, but then sometimes we break the rules!!

i know i have some fellow preemie mamas here we still rock :
post #25 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH:Hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU:41W3D
WERE YOU INDUCED:Yes, at 41 weeks. MW thought I was 40 weeks as I lied about IVF dates just to be sure I wasn't pushed to go early. It "failed" I went home and my water broke later.
ELECTIVE C-SECTION:
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION:
SIZE OF BABIES:8 lbs 3 oz and 6 lb 9/11 oz (unsure of the oz for baby b)
TYPE OF TWINS:di/di

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I had an unmedicated, vaginal delivery of the babies but I hated the induction and that it set me up to be so tired (no sleep no food for 3 days) and I believe it caused my water to break before I was ready and I didn't go into labor without encouraging it. (nipple stim) If I were to do it all again I would have found a homebirth midwife who did twins no matter how far I had to travel for prenatal appointments. I still regret my lost homebirth but can't really complain irl because all the twins I know were c-sections.
post #26 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 39 weeks, 2 days
WERE YOU INDUCED: no (believe me, it was offered, and encouraged!)
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: elective c-section was offered while I was in labor because Twin B was breech. I opted out and the baby turned vertex after his brother was born.
SIZE OF BABIES: 7 lbs (baby A), 7 lbs 11.5 oz (baby B)
TYPE OF TWINS: monochorionic (mo/di) MZ twins

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I feel okay. I was not happy about the pressure to "hurry up and deliver" after I got to 37 weeks. I wish I had gotten more information about the impact of cutting twin A's cord before B was born (for twins who share a placenta.) I also wish we had paid more attention to their hemoglobin levels during the first weeks, and checked their ferritin, too. We ended up with one severely anemic twin (albeit a non-clinical presentation, so nobody could quite believe what the labs were telling us, when we looked at him) at 7 months, and the explanation was an undetected slight twin-to-twin transfusion that had depleted his iron stores from the beginning. At birth, one's hemoglobin was at the high end of normal and the other's was at the low end, but both were in the normal range and could not be called polycythemic or anemic, so acute TTTS was not diagnosed. I am not sure where I stand now, concerning the risk of acute TTTS and birth with mono/di twins. There are big question marks in my head, around what I would consider "right" or "safe," and I think my "ideal" wishes for birth (home, non-interventive) are a bit in conflict with what I'd consider an acceptable risk for mo/di twins. But even that isn't for sure....the question marks. I wanted the spontaneous, unmedicated, vaginal birth SO BADLY, and I got it, and I'm definitely happy about that, but I wonder some if there's a bullet that we just barely dodged and don't realize it. Anyway, I just am trying to convey that despite my overall satisfaction with the labor & birth, I have slight niggling misgivings about the validity of the things I wanted so much.
post #27 of 91
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Originally Posted by SuzyQ2+2 View Post

PS I seem to recall a poll on her a while back that showed when the mamas here birthed their babes. Sorry, I'm too darned tired to find it!
Yes, there was a poll with a bunch of responses... I was going to search for it, but I can't find the 'search forum' tool ---- is it still in existence? Am I having a mommy brain moment?!
It would be nice to pull it back up to the top of the forum for anyone who is interested.

(FWIW, the poll differs in that it doesn't include detailed narrative responses from the moms, so it doesn't differentiate between induced/elective births and otherwise, which is what the OP was thinking about here, I believe.)
post #28 of 91
post #29 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 33w 1d
WERE YOU INDUCED: No
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: Yes
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: My liver functions were going crazy and pre-e/HELLP was setting in. I'd been in the hospital for some time and on bedrest most of the pregnancy. The reason for the repeat c-section and not labor was because of a previous emergency c-section where I had a vertical incision.
SIZE OF BABIES: 3 lbs 10 oz and 4 lbs 7 oz
TYPE OF TWINS: Di/Di boys

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: of course I wish I could have made it to term and that my boys didn't have to have any NICU time, but the fact that I got to bring both home alive and healthy is amazing, I have a history of Pre-E/HELLP setting in much earlier and have had three losses at 23, 25 and then 24 weeks.
post #30 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: hospital

HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 34wks 6days

WERE YOU INDUCED: no

ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no

REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: baby a was transverse and wedged in my pelvis

SIZE OF BABIES: 4lbs 7oz and 5lbs 6ozs

TYPE OF TWINS: fraternal

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS:
good. We tried to turn baby a for weeks before I went into labor and I labored at home for 7hours with our doula trying everything to get him to turn to no avail. He was very stuck. They had to really work him out of my pevlis and he had dig marks on his hip and head for weeks after the birth from digging into my pelvis.

I'm not happy I had a c/s but it was the best decision given the circumstances
post #31 of 91
Quote:
Originally Posted by homebirthing View Post
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital

HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 39 weeks

WERE YOU INDUCED: no

ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no

REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: Emergency c-section due to HELLP syndrome

SIZE OF BABIES: 7 lb 14 oz; 8 lb 0 oz

TYPE OF TWINS: Mono-chorionic, Di-amniotic

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS:
I feel great about keeping my babies inside as long as I could, and I have no regrets about the C-section. As my OB said: "We have two healthy babies and a healthy Mom - let's keep it that way".
post #32 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 37w 5d
WERE YOU INDUCED: no
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: baby B was a c-section because he wouldn't move down and his heartrate was dipping lower and lower with each contraction.
SIZE OF BABIES: 6 lbs 10 oz, 7 lbs 13 oz.
TYPE OF TWINS: fraternal

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Like a pp said, while I'm not totally happy about having to need the emergency c-section, it's not exactly something that could have been avoided. Baby A's birth totally made up for it--self directed & completely natural.
post #33 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: hospital

HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 29 weeks

WERE YOU INDUCED: no

ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no

REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: I had a medically-necessary c-section for twin B (after birthing twin A vaginally). She was poorly positioned and having decels.

SIZE OF BABIES: 3 pounds, 2 pounds 13 oz

TYPE OF TWINS: MZ

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: My body made all the decisions about going into labor - the babies and I were just stuck with them. I feel fine about the c-section for twin B, as it was very clearly necessary.
post #34 of 91
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Originally Posted by homebirthing View Post
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.
I guess I see what you're trying to get at now, but I don't see how your poll questions are going to shed any light on that question. But I answered anyway.
post #35 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH:Hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 36w3d
WERE YOU INDUCED:Yes
ELECTIVE C-SECTION:No
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: Pre-Eclampsia
SIZE OF BABIES:4lb14oz & 5lb2oz
TYPE OF TWINS:Di/Di Identical

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: Fine, I hemorrhaged after the birth so the actual hospital stay was a little tramatic but the birth went well in and of itself. My girls were healthy.
post #36 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 38w3d
WERE YOU INDUCED: No
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No emergency
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: Placental abruption
SIZE OF BABIES: 7 lb 3 oz and 6 lb 14 oz
TYPE OF TWINS: Fraternal

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS:[/QUOTE] Didn't really have any decisions to make - baby A needed to come out fast. Had enough time to get a spinal instead of going under. They came out screaming...super high apgars. Came with me to recovery - never out of my sight. I was nursing in recovery - 1 hr after section. As good as a c-section gets I think. I recovered quickly, no complications. Have zero regrets!
post #37 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital, Baby A vertex presentation, Baby B was breech extraction
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 37w, 5 days
WERE YOU INDUCED: No, offered/encouraged when I went in at 37w 3 days
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: definitely no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: none
SIZE OF BABIES: Baby A, 6lb 9oz, Baby B 6lb 3 oz
TYPE OF TWINS: Mono/di Identical twin boys

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: only thing I would have changed is a)not deliver in those damn stirrups, b)more rest between Baby A and Baby B

As far as the pregnancy, looking back (now that I am exercising!), I think I should have concentrated a bit more on at least some gentle exercise. I did a pretty darn good job of eating right. (those weights are excellent for a 5 foot tall momma!)
post #38 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: Hospital (transferred in active labor from planned homebirth b/c we weren't positive about the dates--discrepancy btwn my LMP and 2nd tri ultrasound dates)
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: From my LMP I was 37+3, from US I was 35+3, gestational age assessment at birth showed babies to be 36 wks)
WERE YOU INDUCED: No
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: No
SIZE OF BABIES: 5#7 oz and 5#15oz
TYPE OF TWINS: Di/Di (two girls)
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS:
I'm a homebirth midwife and had dreamy images of a sweet home waterbirth in my kitchen. But I had made a deal with the babies that we'd only stay home if all conditions were optimal. I had some issues with my HMO prenatally and they had said they might not cover emergency services at a non-plan hospital (which is the one closest to us in our small town). It just didn't feel like a safe risk given the possibility they were early. So we had a beautiful natural non-interventive birth with our OB and my homebirth MW in attendance. I danced through my entire labor and declined pretty much every intervention they offered. The labor was lovely and the babes breastfed within five minutes of birth and both stayed skin to skin with me the first eight hours. I regret that they insisted I birth in the operating room and that I wasn't able to squat on that annoying table! And the postpartum period was a nightmare. They kept the babies against our will for observation for one and two weeks, threatening to call CPS if we took them home against medical advice. I didn't leave the hospital those entire two weeks and was victoriously able to breastfeed them exclusively. They couldn't take that away from us! I look back and wonder if I should have just stayed home. But I also believe we have the experiences we have for a reason and the birth itself was precious. I learned a lot as a midwife and a mama and boy do I have a mother bear complex now! Lastly, I regret that against my better judgement I had sex the night before I went into labor. My partner said "I don't think it's a good idea." But I insisted. I also was really active throughout my pregnancy up until the end dancing and swimming. While I think it's great for twin mamas to be active when they can I wonder if I shouldn't have rested a little more in those last weeks and avoided those prostaglandins from the semen to keep the babies in a little longer! Perhaps more info than y'all needed....
post #39 of 91
So you're only looking for answers of women who went into labor on their own?

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I really want to know is WHEN women who WERE NOT induced or elected to have c-sections went into labor.
I have to speak up here, because this statement/thread really seems to me like it's invalidating certain birthing situations. You're talking about 3 scenarios: induction, natural labor, or elective c-sections. You do realize that some c-sections are actually GOOD decisions and just as valid as allowing yourself to go into natural labor?

One of my babies had a complication and the c-section saved her life, but I do believe I would have gone full term otherwise, no signs of cervical change at 34wks. I've never heard that 35 weeks is the expected term for twins, I've always heard it's typically 38-39 weeks.
post #40 of 91
WHERE DID YOU BIRTH: at home, unassisted
HOW FAR ALONG WERE YOU: 37w5d
WERE YOU INDUCED: no
ELECTIVE C-SECTION: no
REASON FOR INDUCTION/C-SECTION: no
SIZE OF BABIES: 6lb8oz, 6lb14oz
TYPE OF TWINS: MZ, shared a placenta but not sacs

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR DECISIONS: I did the best I could with eating, weight gain, etc, knowing full well that even if I did my best they could still come early. But they came full-term. I still don't regret our decision to UC now 2 years later. I wish a midwife had been available but don't regret refusing an unnecessary C-section.
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