Giving birth to twins at home?

United States
October 4, 2006 12:24am CST
Do you think it's a good idea? A friend is PG with twins and considering a homebirth.
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25 responses
@chalmette69 (3011)
• United States
11 Oct 06
If she has had a healthy pregnancy and her doctor thinks it will be fine, then I don't see a problem with it. She should just take extra procautions.
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• United States
10 Oct 06
Has she talked to her doctor about having a home birth?
• United States
10 Oct 06
Her midwife will not do twins at home (not because she is against it, but because she's never done a twin birth before) and no doctors here will approve of homebirth. They barely tolerate midwifery. There are only a few doctors in the US who will do births at home.
• United States
10 Oct 06
Well then I think it doesn't really matter what she wants. She needs a doctor or midwife to participate in the birth and if she can't find anyone then it looks like it's not an option. Midwives are widely accepted in the US as well as home births, I guess it depends on what part of the country you are from. My first child was born with a midwife, two actually. My second was a high risk pregnancy so I was unable to have a midwife. But the doctor that delivered my second child had a midwife philosophy. He was great, so great in fact, he has been invited to teach doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Midwife philospophies and practices were primary early on and it looks like we may see a strong return.
• United States
11 Oct 06
oh, she can always switch to a different midwife, or have two midwives work together, if she decides on home.
@acdc0805 (981)
• United States
10 Oct 06
I htink giving birth at home is crazy (for me)..but however I think that as long as your prepared and know that everything will be fine then it'll be okay. its all about personal choice thats for sure!
@marciascott (25557)
• United States
10 Oct 06
I don't know about that, It probaly would be cheaper. but you half to let the doctor check with out thoughly.
@marciascott (25557)
• United States
10 Oct 06
I don't know about that, It probaly would be cheaper. but you half to let the doctor check with out thoughly.
@marciascott (25557)
• United States
10 Oct 06
I don't know about that, It probaly would be cheaper. but you half to let the doctor check with out thoughly.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
25 Oct 06
If your friend's midwife is inexperienced with twins, she should consider looking for a midwife with experience. Some midwives will not catch twins at home because of the extra risk of complications with the second baby, and a higher risk of bleed after birthing. Another consideration is mom's nutritional status. Birth weight and birth length are directly correlated to mom's daily diet, so is efficiency of contractions, and normalcy of labor. Your friend should interview midwives seeking out the midwife with the most experience--and a midwife who is into nutrition. I recommend that your friend read everything she can by Tom Brewer, MD.
• United States
7 Mar 07
Although this is an old post, I am curious about the decision this mother-to-be made and the outcome. I am a mother of twins myself, and I delivered them in the hospital. I would never have considered a home birth of such a high risk pregnancy. I have a friend who is a birth hypnotist and doula and delivered all her previous babies at home, but delivered her twins at the hospital. Although she is an advocate for home births, even she recognized the risk and chose to be on the safe side.
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
12 Oct 06
With twins, I think it would be best to have them in a hospital, incase something goes wrong! Ya never know!
@blessonje (1652)
• India
12 Oct 06
is it ..ut how can u do that ..??
• United States
12 Oct 06
I know that in the old days, everyone gave birth at home, so im sure that if thats what she really wants to do, it can be done. but she really needs to think about the fact that what she wants is not the important thing here, that what is best for those babies should be her top priority. Now-a-days, there are so many things that could go wrong, and if there is not a doctor there or team of nurses to provide proper medical care to her and the little ones, well- you can fill in the rest. i definitely would not recomend it. i would, however, recommend that if she goes into labor, to wait as long as she can to go into the hospital unless her doctor has advised her otherwise. i have had 2 children. my first was induce, but the second started on her own, and i wish i had waited longer to go into the hospital because once you have been processed, they dont allow you to walk around or take a shower, at least not in san antonio tx, so i was in more pain than necessary and ended up getting an epideral- which i really didnt want to have to do.
@kpfingaz (1028)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
12 Oct 06
I don't think that is a good idea. She coulsd have serious complications which could be fatal. She should either change her mind and make sure she does this at the hospital or make sure there is a qualified doctor around when it happens.
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
12 Oct 06
My answer might be late. But I still try. DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. GO TO A HOSPITAL.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
11 Oct 06
I don't think that giving birth to twins at home is a very good idea. You never know what is going to take place and I would feel a lot more comfortable with all the expertise and staff around at a hospital.
@ShannaS (559)
• United States
11 Oct 06
There is nothing wrong w/ a homebirth. I did it with my first and used a midwife but we were close to a hospital, as well. The second birth was a planned home birth but the baby turned on me and we had to do an emergency Csect. The only downside I had with the homebirth (the 2nd one) was paying a hospital bill on top of a midwife bill :-( I planned a wter birth but it just didn't work out.
@dellion (6706)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 06
I hope you clearly know what you are trying to do and the risks you are going to facing.
@hppygrrrl (419)
• United States
11 Oct 06
I don't think there is anything wrong with, as long as they have a mid-wife there to help.
• United States
11 Oct 06
I dont think that giving birth to twins at home is a good idea at all, so many things can go wrong in a delivery as it is, and the risks are higher when giving birth to twins. there is no way I would do it at home, she should think about hers and the babies safety, if something goes wrong the hospital is equipped with the staff and the things needed to deal with it, where as her home is not. I dont really think she is considering the fact that although we all hope that we have an uncomplicated labor and birth it doesnt always happen that way.
• United States
11 Oct 06
If you have the proper midwives, doctor care, and have been tested to make sure there will be no problems why not.
@selvamdp (373)
• India
11 Oct 06
y not????? i donno wats the problem in this???? if so tell me wat will b the problem...
@LBS1178 (317)
• United States
11 Oct 06
I wouldnt risk it at home. Twins can be compicated to give birth too, so I would go to the hospital incase of emergency.
@tater03 (1765)
• United States
11 Oct 06
Personally I would not want to give birth to twins at home. To much could go wrong when you give birth to twins. I would just feel more comfortable being in the hospital.
@leeoz22 (183)
• Australia
10 Oct 06
I always thought that if you where having twins you naturally had to have them at a hospital as it is hight risk. But I suppose years ago they used to have them at home ok. I know I would'nt risk doing this though as with twins there is a higher rate of complications./