Originally Posted by fyrebloom
How quickly does the second twin come? Is it usually right after the first (like within 5 min) or does it take a while?
I have read in a few places online that the average interval between twins is 17 minutes. I never saw a reference, though, if that was an average of vaginal deliveries or of all twin births. With half of twins born by c-section, and so 1-2 minutes apart, if that average includes ALL twin births, then a LOT of the vaginal ones would have to be a good while between the two (ie. 40 minutes or more).
Curiously, my twins were exactly 17 minutes apart. No inductions, versions or other interference. The attending doc really wanted to a) c-section b/c twin B was breech, and b) (when I refused the c-section) perform an external version after Twin A was born. I permitted her to check his station after his brother was out ONLY b/c I knew if he was engaged, she would have to give up trying to force the version on me. So she checked me very soon after delivering Twin A. I'm thinking it was within 1-2 minutes. Twin B was engaged at that point.
Interestingly, he was double-footling. Just a little bit of waiting around, then contractions resumed well. He was born quickly, smoothly, easily in 2 pushes. I mention the quick engagement, time interval, and easy birth b/c ALL
of that is what so many doctors say "doesn't" or "can't" happen with breech second twins.
I hope you have a fairly short interval between your twins. Simply because a lot of doctors get panicky about waiting around - even if there are no signs of distress. Then you know what happens!