hello, Im 27 weeks today, with frat twins and hoping for a natural birth when the time comes. If I have to have a csection im ok with that too, but I have a few issues...
When I found out I was pregnant I envisaged a home birth, or water birth, with little/no pain meds.
Then I spoke to my consultant who pretty much looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned it. It seems I cannot use the pool as the equipment they use to monitor the twins isnt water proof (fair enough, hadnt thought of that) and then when I asked how long I could stay at home before coming in he said, "you dont you call labour straight away"
Am I destined for a bed bound labour? if I have to have so much monitoring will I be able to pace the wards, or change positions? or use a birth ball? I feel im destined for an epidural birth which is a long way from what i originally wanted.
These are my first children so I may be kidding myself and be pleading for an epidural when the time comes but I would like to know, realistically, what the birth is likely to involve.
Oh, how I feel for you. It's actually quite aggravating and disappointing when you find out that things probably won't go as you had preferred. With my first baby I was SO determined to have a natural birth too. I didn't want an epidural or have to be induced. BUT my son was breech (he never went head down and I seriously did everything I could to make him turn) and I had absolutely no choice but to have a csection. I did at 41 weeks. I felt robbed of labor, the joys of first holding your baby, and everything that comes with a vaginal birth.
Anyways, I'm also (almost) 27 weeks pregnant with twins and I want a vbac so bad. And my doctor is also acting like I'm crazy. I do plan on talking to her again and telling her that I'm willing to go to another hospital and doctor that's willing to help me get what I want. As long as its safe for my body and the girls.
Anyways, I do hope you get exactly what you want for your labor and birth. It's be nice for that to happen!
Aww that stinks...I know here (depending on the babies positions) you can pretty much do what you want. I have a midwife and an OB, because midwives here cannot deliver twins. But, she did tell me that her last patient who had twins, had no epidural, walked the halls and did what she wanted. YOU are in charge of your body and as long as it's safe I say stick to your guns, within reason. WIth my first born I wanted no epidural, no hospital gown (wore my own shirt) didn't want to be bed ridden...and I did just that...until my GBS test didnt come back, so they had to do an IV (which I did not want) but they had to treat me as if i was positive just incase. But I did walk the halls before that and got to do what I wanted, drink gatoraid, sit in a rocker, etc. My midwife now tells me I can do what I want as well, but i'm all for the epidural this time around just incase of an emergency, that way we can get baby B out quickest. Good luck and do stick to your gut...
talk to you doctor, talk to the hospital etc. find out what their policies are NOW, not when you are in labor. the safest place to be for a twindelivery is in a hospital cause things can go bad very quickly but that doesnt mean you cant have a "natural" birth. many places require an epidural be placed (but doesnt have to be dosed) because if a section becomes required emergently then you will not have to be put under general anesthesia to do it (which incurs more risk). if you live in a place with several hospitals check around to see what their policies are. do not ask your doctor (or ask but also ask the hospital) as they will try to help but may not really know what the policies are and that can lead to disappointment or stress at delivery.
I have been told I have to deliver in theatre because I am high risk on top of having twins, however I have been told I can still do everything else normally, I will have to go in as soon as I am in labour but I tend to have short labours so that doesn't bother me. I tend to use a shower for pain relief and they will do intermittent monitoring. I like to deliver kneeling over the back of the bed and she said I should still be able to do that or another position if it feels better at the time. Being in theatre they can quickly switch if anything goes wrong so I feel safe but listened to. I've done two births without an epidural and hope I can do the same this time as I hated the epi.
I delivered my twin boys naturally with gas and air and a shot of diamorphine. No epidural and on a normal labour ward. They were born 11 minutes apart. I was 7cm dilated when I got in so was pretty much restricted to the bed. X
I was hoping for no IV during delivery, but I think I may have to end up letting them place the line. I will get an epidural under NO circumstances (plus I am on Lovenox/ Heparin which carries a risk of paralysis with an epidural), so that means general if I need a c-section for one or both babies. Will they allow an extra person in the delivery room for a c-section with twins in the US as I don't want the babies to be alone at all without either me or my husband or someone I trust? I would want one person to stay with each baby as I will obviously not be able to monitor what they are doing at all for awhile if I do end up with a c-section.
My OB said she is all for me delivering vaginally as long as Baby A is head down but she said that I would need an epideral (which I want anyways) because even if B is head down when I go into labor after Baby A comes out there is so much extra room that B can move all around and they may have to reach in and move him around. I asked her if I could still get up and walk around for the begining of labor and everything and she said that was fine, the epideral doesn't have to be done till probably around 8 cm dialated and I would probably be in an OR but that it is designed for c-sections only and is still part of the birth center part of the hospital not the main OR. Not only because a c-section may be nessisary but because it has more room for the extra staff.
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