Has your care provider scheduled your induction or cesarian birth earlier than the recommended 39+ weeks?
Many times, pregnant women expecting multiples and their babies show no signs of increased risk and show no evidence that their babies need to be brought into the world sooner or less naturally than with a single pregnancy.
However, sometimes care providers lump all women carrying multiples into the same category and routines to play it "safe".
But safe is not always safer than trusting in your innate ability to birth and for babies to come when they are ready.
Here's The Thing
Yes, sometimes there is a reason for intervention. Babies sharing sacs or placentas, a difference in gestational growth, mothers facing hypertension or other medical concerns can mean increased medical precautions.
However, if there isn't increased medical risk, shouldn't you have the choice of when you give birth, where you birth, and how you birth? Shouldn't you be given the opportunity to question routines and interventions and make educated choices based on your unique body and experiences?
Non-medically necessary inductions in first-time mothers can increase their likelihood to then need an emergency cesarian birth. Scheduled cesarian births requires more recovery time and increased surgical risks such as increased bleeding and risk of infection. Cesarian births have also been found to increase breathing problems in newborns.
In addition, care providers routinely schedule these procedures before forty weeks yet the March of Dimes encourages babies to be born after 39 weeks whenever possible and the NIH encourages twins to be born after 38 weeks at least.
Each decision about how, when, and where you birth your babies is yours and yours alone. Sometimes the benefits of an intervention outweigh the risks. However, other times, if there is no evidence that a routine intervention is necessary, you should feel comfortable questioning your care provider and allowing yourself and you partner the time and space to consider your options.
Childbirth education classes can help you learn about different types of interventions, their benefits and risks, and how to have productive conversations with your care provider to better understand what options you have. At Birthing Confidence, we specifically address common issues that parents expecting twins, triplets, or more face. We provide information about what options exist and how to balance increased medical observation, intervention, and routine with the belief and acceptance that women are made to birth babies, even if there is more than one.
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