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Study shows rate of birth injuries for twins


Having a baby is generally a joyous time for most families. However, Maryland residents often recognize the importance of taken precautions during the delivery process. Therefore, most families rely on a medical team to help with the baby's birth. This team of skilled doctors and nurses can be even more important when the pregnancy is complicated -- including during a twin pregnancy.

In recent years, in order to prevent birth injuries during a twin pregnancy, many Maryland women were scheduled for a caesarian section. This complicated surgical procedure was supposed to make delivery safer for both the mother and the newborns.

However, a recent study shows that these C-sections may actually be unnecessary even in cases of multiples. The study included 2,804 women from around the United States and the world. In the study all of the women were in the final weeks of the pregnancy and the first of the twins was not breach. The women were then divided into groups -- one group to have a planned C-section and one for vaginal delivery. The study showed that the babies did equally well no matter which way the babies were born.

After following the babies for 28 days after their birth, it was clear to researchers that rate of birth injuries or maternal complications was the same in each group -- around two percent of the babies had injuries and between seven and eight percent of the mothers had serious complications.

Even with these findings some doctors have cautioned Maryland women from avoiding a C-section altogether. According to these experts, many doctors are no longer skilled in performing complicated vaginal births -- such as breach births -- and therefore mistakes could be made.

When these mistakes occur, it is the newborns that suffer. Families may want to consider their legal rights following a birth injury.

Source: The Examiner, "Most twins can be delivered without a C-section," Sharon Gloger Friedman, Oct. 3, 2013

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