The actual hospital protocols for twin labour and delivery (that I managed to acquire) state:
"If the woman is in labour:
3. Epidural anaesthesia for pain relief should be offered routinely and recommended.
Rationale - should an emergency occur."
I know that they cannot force me to have an epidural and know for a fact that they have had another twins delivery recently where the mum did not have one. It's been dropped in our last two previous appointments but it is just not a fight I want to have when in labour IYKWIM?
After initially being told that it wasn't possible, when I met with the anaesthetist I was informed that just placing the epidural catheter is an option. I don't know though....I am scared that when the time comes I will opt for the medication because I am in pain and everything is "just there"....I dunno? Then there is the potential risk of BP drops, foetal distress, csec and episiotomy / tearing my hoo-haa to pieces due to poor positioning and do I trust myself to make this informed decision when in pain??
I loved reading through your intro and look forward to following through these next couple of weeks!
Despite having to make a few compromises, it sounds like you've got a great team to work with
How are the baby's positioned so far?
Actually took some photos earlier today - will post in a sec
DD3 & DD4 03/11
I have been really bad at taking photos this pregnancy but decided to go for it today. I wanted to have a reminder of how big I got and how they were positioned so attempted to play around with piknik - don't know if it shows their positions?
Side view (I don't think I look too huge - despite the frequent "you're ready to pop" comments?):
I don't know if you can tell from the second photo....but twin A (yellow) is currently LOL and B (green) is kinda halfway between ROL and ROP (I think I have the terms correct?). The area where both of their feet are positioned is taking a battering on a frequent basis!! I usually can't tell who is kicking at any one time either...
I have a quick scan on Monday to check positions (literally a 2 sec scan) when with the OBS so we'll see where they are then!
Last edited by kiwi_babe; 02-25-2014 at 03:15 AM.
You look great!
I think, if you can't get a better compromise, then just having the epi placed with no meds would be okay. I mean, you (and DH and your MW) all know that you really shouldn't have the meds unless it's an emergency. They can help you stay strong, right?
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