Your decision to have a VBAC or repeat cesarean is important. This episode will help inform you so you can understand the trade-offs, and weigh your own values and concerns so that you can come to a decision that is best for you and baby.
Labor and Delivery
So you are getting ready to welcome your little angel to the world? Congratulations! You have obviously spent the last few weeks obsessing over all the things that you need to make the trip to the hospital and the first few weeks after baby arrives a success. Which means you have probably considered creating a birth plan.
Yes! A vaginal birth is possible when you're pregnant with twins! So, what makes you a good candidate for giving birth this way? How should you prepare yourself? And is it true that you really have to labor in the operating room?
What do you do now? It's not always as dramatic as the movies make it out to be, but you should still be prepared. What can your amniotic fluid tell you about your baby? Why are babies usually delivered shortly after a mother's water breaks?
Prior to having your first baby, you may have never heard of a pelvic floor. But this area of your body is part of your core, and it will play a large role in your labor and delivery. Learn how you can strengthen these muscles and protect it for years to come.
Whether this is your first baby, or your fifth baby... every pregnancy is different so it may be difficult to tell if you are really in labor. What are some of the common "warning signs"? What's the ideal way to count your contractions? And when should you leave home and head for the hospital?
If you're going for a more natural childbirth experience, then a birthing center might be best for you. How does a birthing center differ from a hospital? What services to they offer moms-to-be and how do they ensure that you and baby are safe at all times?
Sometimes it's an emergency and sometimes it's planned, but still many mothers of twins birth their babies via cesarean. How should you prepare for the surgery? And what can you expect to have happen in the operating room?
Thinking about giving birth in the water? Is waterbirth easier? Could it be harmful to the baby in any way? Get the real facts about waterbirths to decide if it's the right labor method for you.
It's important to get breastfeeding off to a great start- from the moment your baby is born. Depending on where you deliver, this may be easier said than done. What are the most common "booby traps" you could face and how can you overcome them?