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Would you UC with twins?

Poll Results: Would you UC with twins.

 
  • 36% (51)
    No, but I wouldn't UC a singleton either.
  • 21% (29)
    No, but I would consider UC if it were a singleton.
  • 18% (25)
    Maybe, if I could have prenatal monitoring and a midwife on hand just in case.
  • 3% (5)
    Maybe, if I could have prenatal monitoring (no midwife at birth).
  • 6% (9)
    Maybe UP and UC if things seemed okay.
  • 10% (14)
    Yes, definitely.
  • 3% (5)
    Other (I tried to be comprehensive! Really I did!)
138 Total Votes  
post #1 of 65
Thread Starter 
Knowing what you know about multiple pregnancy and birth as a MoM, would you personally UC with twins?

(Wait for the poll)

Keep it nice! I don't want this thread locked, I'm just curious.

ETA: If you haven't ever given birth to or been pregnant with twins, that's an "other"-- I'm really just looking for input from those who have definitely been in a position of needing to make this decision.
post #2 of 65
Thread Starter 
HAHA, I'm a dork! I'm the first "other" vote on my own poll!

I would UC twins only if my other comfortable options were not available to me. So, if I had not been able to find a midwife to attend me, I would have gotten prenatal care from an OB and then UC'd.

Way to be comprehensive there, silly me!
post #3 of 65
no, i wouldn't.
post #4 of 65
I voted 'Maybe, if I could have prenatal monitoring and a midwife on hand just in case.' I don't consider it a true UC but my ideal is to have a birth with a mw who is willing to wait in the wings, only stepping in if I need her. That's the way my twin birth was, actually, and it's my preference. In absence of finding the right mw I would consider a true UC, although prenatal monitoring would still be important to me.
post #5 of 65
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Originally Posted by 2+twins View Post
I voted 'Maybe, if I could have prenatal monitoring and a midwife on hand just in case.' I don't consider it a true UC but my ideal is to have a birth with a mw who is willing to wait in the wings, only stepping in if I need her. That's the way my twin birth was, actually, and it's my preference. In absence of finding the right mw I would consider a true UC, although prenatal monitoring would still be important to me.
Yeah this. I'm hoping I go to full term and have midwife on hand in background, but am preparing mentally to go UC if they don't send out midwife as has been the case twice in the past. Last two times I went into hospital when midwife refused to come out, so it's my aim to be ready for that scenario this time rather than having to try and adjust to it just before pushing. Have consultant appointment monday and scan to see what looks like is going on in there.

Skipped consultant so far and main scan to look for abnormalities, so slightly anxious about what we'll see, but happy I opted out of extra 'care' to this gestation because it's given me a better state of mind thus far. Here's hoping they don't ruin it for me monday

I am lurking at the UC board and have been intending to ask a question or two there this week. Your query is timely for me

edit: am 28 weeks now and hardly dare to hope will go full term, but wonders and miracles happen!
post #6 of 65
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Originally Posted by 2+twins View Post
I voted 'Maybe, if I could have prenatal monitoring and a midwife on hand just in case.' I don't consider it a true UC but my ideal is to have a birth with a mw who is willing to wait in the wings, only stepping in if I need her. That's the way my twin birth was, actually, and it's my preference. In absence of finding the right mw I would consider a true UC, although prenatal monitoring would still be important to me.
that's pretty much what i had for my first birth - good prenatal care with a great midwife who let me do my own thing during the birth and checked us all out afterwards (and cleaned up!).
post #7 of 65
I don't consider UC to be a home birth with midwife in the other room just in case so I voted no but I WOULD do that. I UCed Isabella and was very happy with that birth. I would not UC twins now that I'm a MoM. Too many extra risk factors. I want someone there with pit, O2, and the skills to help with strange presentations.
post #8 of 65
I am w/ Christy- if I could not get a midwife to help me then I would.

I like having my midwife at my births -- I am in total la la land during transition and pushing, I dont want to have to get into my brain and actually think about things (heartbeat, cords etc). I loved having all the midwives around after the babies were born, to take care of all of us and get us comfy in bed.
post #9 of 65
I said other. I would get prenatal care and if I could not find a mw to attend and if I had several supportive people willing to be there I may do it. I would not do it alone with just me and dh. That just does not leave anyone to take care of the babies if something were to go wrong with me (like pph which did happen with my twin hb) or if there was any issues with the seconds baby there would be no one to be with the 1st baby. If I had a few people that were very supportive of what we were doing then I probably would if the other option was hospital birth. I would not uc twins if a mw was available though.
post #10 of 65
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Originally Posted by carycaj View Post
I like having my midwife at my births -- I am in total la la land during transition and pushing, I dont want to have to get into my brain and actually think about things (heartbeat, cords etc). I loved having all the midwives around after the babies were born, to take care of all of us and get us comfy in bed.
This is why I think that I'd not UC a singleton or multiples... so I don't think that they are mutually exclusive answers in the poll. So, yeah, my comfort level is to have someone around who knows the ins and outs of birth and can handle any sticky situations, b/c as a birthing mother, I would be too 'in my head' to be analytical if it were needed.
post #11 of 65
Thread Starter 
Great discussion! This is exactly what I was hoping for out of this.
post #12 of 65
If I'd already had a child vaginally with no complications, and the pregnancy went well with no complications (I can't imagine refusion prenatal care with multiples) then I'd consider it.

For the first run or if I'd had some birthing complications in the past or if there was something going on with the pregnancy, no. For first run, I might very well do a homebirth, with a midwife ready to assist if I wanted her, but a true UC, no.

However, I'm sure there are people who have done it in the presence of one or more of those conditions and done just fine. It's just a matter of what you're comfortable with.
post #13 of 65
I would want prenatal monitoring and ultrasounds to know if they shared a sac, shared a placenta, monitor for TTTS, etc. If I had all the lowest risk factors I would consider it as long as a midwife was near (within a minute or two).

As it happens, I meet all these qualifications but DH is not comfortable with the idea at all. I found an OB that I like and we are going to do another hospital birth.
post #14 of 65
nope ....
there's a similar thread in the UC board .....
post #15 of 65
I guess I never thought that I would say that maybe I would UC with twins, but after birthing them at home, I have such a changed perspective on birth, particularly after a hospital birth with my singleton. I think for myself, it would take a lot to tap into that deep place inside me, instilled in my DNA, that knows exactly how to birth, without fear and with the same wisdom that generations of women who have birthed before me had.
post #16 of 65
I voted no, but I would consider it for a singleton (easy to say for someone who isn't having any more kids!). My own birth experience colors my views too much to consider it for myself for twins, even if I try and mentally go back in time 3 years to before all this happened and do it over.
post #17 of 65
I had a great homebirth with midwives with my twins. If I were to have twins again, I would want it to be more hands-off but I wouldn't UC. I considered a UC with my most recent pregnancy but in the end I decided I just really love my midwife and her presence positively affects my birth experiece.
post #18 of 65
no, but so far I haven't had a kid that willingly came out LOL

The twins birth was the easist of the three experiences but the second was breech and there is no way I could have gotten her out on my own.

Sarah
post #19 of 65
I voted "Maybe, if I could have prenatal monitoring and a midwife on hand just in case," but I'm not sure that best describes my thoughts now. I really liked having someone who knew how to look for unusual presentations and knew how to deal with them. I'd rather not have to cram all that knowledge into my own brain and then hope to remember it at that crucial moment. That said, my first twin was an unplanned UC (the midwife arrived a few minutes after her birth), but I'd never plan that way.
post #20 of 65
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Originally Posted by carycaj View Post
-- I am in total la la land during transition
girl .... you sound like me ....
I have FINALLY figured out (after 4 babies) that when I cry and say, "I don't know what to do, I don't know what's going on", it's time to get down to business! My brain totally shuts down ....
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