MULTIPLE BIRTHS

In the majority of cases, multiple births are delivered by cesarean section, although a vaginal delivery may be attempted, especially for twins. In such cases, the twins will be carefully monitored throughout labor by electronic fetal monitoring. Usually, the first twin is monitored via an electrode attached to its scalp while the second twin is monitored by sensors strapped to the mother's abdomen. Obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, and an anesthetist will be close by in case any problems develop. Also, an epidural anesthetic may be given so that the mother is ready if it does become necessary to perform a cesarean section.


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DELIVERY OF TWINS

The most common position for twins is both head-down, so it may be possible to deliver first one twin then the other. The second twin continues to be carefully monitored while the first twin is delivered.

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