Delivery of Twins

Baillieres Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 1998 Mar;12(1):91-108. doi: 10.1016/s0950-3552(98)80042-4.


The delivery of twins presents considerable challenges to the obstetric team, particularly in terms of decision-making, technical skills required and the need to respond quickly to changing circumstances. There is a serious lack of sound evidence upon which to base decisions concerning the method of delivery of twins. The trend towards the routine use of caesarean section is not supported by evidence of improved outcome for the infants, while maternal outcome is compromised. Specific circumstances that may have a bearing on the need for caesarean section include gestational age, presentation of the twins and chorionicity/amnionicity. Caesarean section does not eliminate the chance of fetal trauma during delivery, particularly for premature twins. The techniques of twin delivery, whether vaginal or by caesarean section, require thorough preparation for all possible eventualities, and skilled teamwork. Particular attention should be paid to emotional needs during labour, birth and afterwards, of the parents of twins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cesarean Section / methods
  • Decision Making
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
  • Female
  • Fetal Death
  • Fetal Monitoring / methods
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team
  • Pregnancy
  • Professional Practice
  • Twins*
  • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean