We found out at 20 weeks that we were pregnant with twins. We were originally planning on delivering at a birth center, but it is illegal for them to deliver twins there. We can't afford a home birth, so we are on the hunt for an OB.
I did not have a good hospital birth experience with DS, so it is really scary that I'm going to have to deliver in a hospital this time around. Especially because most doctors see twins and think automatic c-section.
I have set up interviews with 5 OBs in the next few weeks who are all VBAC friendly (I'm not seeking a VBAC but have heard that they are more likely to support natural twin birth as well).
I'm 1000% flexible if a c-section is medically necessary, and one of the midwives from the birth center is going to be our doula so I feel a lot more confident about delivering in the hospital. However, I still want to find a doctor that will support our birth plan as much as possible.
I am finding it hard to decide which of my birth preferences I'd be willing to compromise on if need be, and was wondering if you ladies would be able to give me some insight. I'm sure I won't be able to find a doctor 100% on board with everything on my list. Here are my desires for a incident-free birth:
- no IV unless GBS +
- intermittent monitoring
- freedom of movement during labor
- pushing in whatever position I desire
- allowing labor to begin on its own, continue at its own pace without medication
- minimal vaginal checks
- no epidural during delivery
- no episiotomy
- letting baby B wait until she is ready for delivery
- spontaneous delivery of placenta
- delayed cord clamping
what would your non-negotiables be? And any other input about interviewing OBs would be incredibly helpful!