- At how many weeks did you deliver?
My babies were born at 39 weeks, 2 days
- Why did you deliver when you did (water broke, induction, scheduled c/s, contractions started naturally, etc)?
I went into labor -- I started contracting (finally, lol -- I'm one of those who never really had contractions or any cervical changes, some Braxton Hicks, but nothing else, certainly not regularly) and it progressed right into active labor. About 7 hours from first contraction until birth.
- Vaginal birth or cesarean?
Two vaginal births
- Position of the babies when you delivered (if you knew).
Twin A was vertex, Twin B was breech. The loose plan was to attempt a breech extraction for the second twin, but I had a strong feeling he would turn when it was time to be born, and he did. I gave him lots of time (I had to get into position because I had birthed the first twin from an upright position) and by the time the doctor got to take a look, we had a cephalic presentation so I got back up since there was no more breech issue.
- Babies' weights.
Twin A - 7 lbs
Twin B - 7 lbs, 11.5 oz
- Any complications with the pregnancy or delivery?
No complications with the pregnancy. We had close monitoring because of the potential for chronic TTTS (monochorionic/diamniotic identical twins), but nothing developed. There was some scrutiny because they were "growing big," and there always was a size discrepancy between them (the gap narrowed some at the end when twin B seemed to slow down a bit -- and at the birth, the u/s estimates were revealed to have been very accurate), but it never indicated TTTS because one was not growing at the other's expense and they BOTH were measuring ahead and tracking in the upper percentiles.
No real complications with the birth, except there was a time during the pushing stage for twin B when there were problems with his heart rate. I am not clear in my memory (and wasn't entirely clear at the time) whether they lost it on the doppler (they were only checking intermittently because it all happened so fast--I asked someone to check my cervix and I had progressed very quickly and they rushed me off to the maternity ward's O.R. to start pushing, even though I'd been told previously I'd be on constant fetal monitoring during the birth no matter what) or whether they had it but it had dropped too much. I know at one point, someone said they had it and the doctor observed the rate and said that they were picking up MY heartbeat, not the fetal tone. (So if that was his after all, it was too low.) Regardless, it was suddenly urgent that he be born right away, and he was born immediately after with vacuum assistance.
Extra info: Neither baby needed anything like oxygen or breathing assistance, and they nursed well. They were born 30 minutes apart. I used the HypnoBabies home course, and I bought the extra "Twins" CD package so the daily affirmations CD was customized with language to include two babies. And we had a full moon that weekend!
Best wishes to you.