Do I have to have a C-section with twins?

Do I have to have a C-section with twins?

Your questions answered by Emma Mahony of Greatvine.com

Do I have to have a C-section if I am expecting twins?

No and double no. You may be dubbed, as high risk expecting twins, and you may also be given a lot of information about how the second twin has a lower apgar score – a test for alertness on birth - but don’t be put off or talked into a C-section unless you want one.

Find out more about Giving birth to twins here.

There is no reason whatsoever why you should be cheated out of a normal birth – which is often easier for the Mother on one level because you are birthing two smaller babies than a larger singleton. Different hospitals have different protocols (allowing you to wait for a specific amount of time of say, 20 minutes, for baby number two to arrive) so do ask questions before you make up your mind. 

You can even have a home birth with twins if you employ an independent (private) midwife as I did, see www.independentmidwives.org.uk.

If you want to insist on an NHS normal twin birth, and are finding it difficult to get your hospital to agree, contact the organisation the Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (www.aims.org.uk) who will advise you how to proceed.

Emma Mahony

Emma Mahony has over eight years of experience writing for The Times on parenting issues and specialises in twins. A twin herself, and having given birth to twins, Emma also published the successful ‘Double trouble – twins and how to survive them’. For individual advice you can trust, book a private call with Emma at www.greatvine.com/emma_mahony.

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