A Fit Pregnancy editor takes us behind the scenes at the C-section delivery of her twins.
C-Section Video: The Birth of Twins
When I ended up having a Cesarean section with my first child, Dylan, 10 years ago, I wasn't that surprised. Disappointed and nervous, yes, but not surprised. Not only was I aware of the fairly high C-section rate in this country even then, but I also realized that some babies just have to be delivered with, as they say, surgical intervention. And when I found out I was pregnant with twins last year, I knew that because of my medical history, I was destined for another C-section. This time around, I was completely OK with it: I knew what to expect, so I wasn't nearly as nervous.
I also knew I'd love my babies no matter how they arrived—naturally, C-section or FedEx 2Day. If you, too, end up having a Cesarean section—and chances are you might, considering that more than 1 in 3 babies in the U.S. are now born this way—a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way toward demystifying the process and helping you feel more comfortable. I'm here to help you do just that, with a firsthand, up-close account of the delivery of my beautiful twins.
Special thanks to the staff at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego, without whom this article (and these babies) would not have been possible.