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OB Guidelines Appendix F: The Delivery of Twins

Related to: Documentation, Informed Consent, Nursing, Obstetrics

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If you are having twins, the following explains possible events and risks related to your labor and delivery.

Timing of Delivery

  • About 40 percent of twin pregnancies begin labor early.
  • Sometimes, medical problems require an early delivery.
  • Almost all women with twins give birth before or by their due dates.

Route of Delivery

The recommended route of delivery depends in large part onhow the babies are presenting.

  • Both heads are down: vaginal delivery for both babies.
  • The first baby is not head down: cesarean is most often recommended.

  • The first baby is head down, the second baby is buttocks down or sideways, the options are:

    • cesarean delivery of both twins;
    • vaginal delivery of the first baby, attempt to turn the second baby for vaginal delivery;
    • vaginal delivery of the first baby, breech vaginal delivery of the second baby;
    • vaginal delivery of the first baby, cesarean delivery of the second baby (uncommon).

Each option has risks.

  • Vaginal delivery poses risks for the second baby, including birth trauma (rare).
  • A cesarean includes the risk of bleeding, infection, and surgical injury to the bowel or bladder.

Vaginal breech delivery of the second twin is not recommended when:

  • the second baby is estimated to be much larger than the first,
  • the mother’s pelvis is judged to be too small to allow the baby to deliver safely, or
  • the baby is very small (less than 4 pounds) or very early (less than 32 weeks).

 

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May 1, 2014
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