C-Sections May Have No Health Advantage for Twin Births

Twins need not be born by Cesarean section as a matter of routine, a new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found.  The New York Times reports:

Researchers randomly assigned 2,800 mothers carrying healthy twins to either a planned C-section or a planned vaginal delivery. There was no difference in outcome between the two groups. There were serious medical problems, like bone fracture or abnormal levels of consciousness, in 36 babies delivered by C-section and 35 delivered vaginally. Twenty-one babies delivered by C-section died, as did 17 delivered vaginally.

Mothers fared equally well in each group, with serious health problems in 7.3 percent of the C-section mothers and in 8.5 percent of the vaginal delivery group.

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  1. [...] It’s become sort of a given that if you’re expecting twins then of course you’ll have a Cesarean Section, right? Not so fast, says a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The assumption is that a C-section is the safest way to deliver two babies, especially since many second-born twins end up in a breech position, but the mere fact that you’re carrying twins doesn’t automatically rule out vaginal birth. As long as things are progressing normally with your pregnancy, it’s still a viable option. [...]