Multiple Births

Learning you are expecting multiple babies must be quite a daunting prospect, not just at the thought of bringing up more than one baby, but also the thought of the birth. Nowadays there is excellent care available for mums of multiples and for the babies born to these mums. The numbers of multiple births are rising, this may be due to IVF treatment and this means that the medical teams are much more skilled and experienced than ever before.

Multiple baby pregnancies are on average shorter than single baby pregnancies:

  • One baby 40 weeks.
  • Twins 37 weeks.
  • Triplets 34 weeks.
  • Quads 32 weeks.

Twin births don’t have to result in a caesarean:

  • If both twins are head down (this occurs in less than half of cases) then a vaginal birth may be possible.
  • If twin one is head down and twin two is breech, then twin one may be delivered vaginally and twin two turned and delivered vaginally.
  • If twin one is breech then a caesarean may be recommended.
  • Sometimes the position of the placentas may mean you need to have a caesarean.
  • Talk to your consultant and midwife about your birth options. They will be able to advise you about what is best for you and your babies. In some cases they may be prepared to allow a homebirth.

Most triplet or higher order births are caesarean

For help and advice on multiple birth contact TAMBA – The Twin And Multiple Birth Association on 0800 138 0509.