Hello, joining the group! I'm 9w pregnant with twins (thanks to Clomid). I've gotten over my initial shock and now I'm really excited. My sister (who is a med student) recommended me read the book When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads by Dr. Luke and over all it is a great guide. My mom gave me some other books, so far I've read Twins 101, and she also gave me Twinspiration.
So my first question is, both When You're Expecting... and Twins 101 strongly urge choosing a hospital with a level 3 NICU. My local hospital has a level 2 NICU. According to their website, they can handle most situations, but for babies born before 30 weeks, they stabilize them first then send them to the level 3 NICU at Stanford, which is just across a bridge from here. That *seems* alright to me. It's early enough that I should be able to transfer to a doctor who delivers at Stanford, but on the other hand, it will be inconvenient to travel across a bridge for every appointment. I'd also be concerned about getting there while in labor, when in traffic it can take 45+ minutes. I would definitely transfer doctors if I had higher order multiples, but with fraternal twins I think we will be ok. What do you think?
Also, by my appointment next Monday, I need to make a decision about prenatal testing. At the group pre-natal class last week, I asked if the quad screen is still as accurate for twins, and they said that except for one of the tests, it is. But now one of my books says that the quad screen is difficult to interpret for twins, which I tend to believe, since if one twin has a higher level of some marker and the other twin has a lower level, it could cancel out. Thoughts?