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Twin birth is a special setting for women giving birth, and the experience of childbirth can be different from singleton birth. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the childbirth experiences of twin mothers and singleton mothers. We also aimed to identify the risk factors of a negative childbirth experience in the whole study population. All live diamniotic twin deliveries in the study hospital of at least 35+0 weeks of gestation with a plan of vaginal birth were included in this matched groups study from August 2015 to August 2019. For every twin birth, two singleton birth controls were selected and matched with parity, the actual mode of birth, and gestational weeks at birth. Six weeks after birth, a Childbirth Experience Questionnaire (CEQ) was sent to mothers, and 72 twin mothers and 126 singleton mothers returned the questionnaire. The twin mothers' overall childbirth experience was positive. They reported a significantly lower opportunity to choose the birthing position (p < 0.001). Otherwise, there were no differences in the CEQ mean total scores between the study groups. Intrapartum cesarean section raised the risk of a negative childbirth experience and there was a high level of satisfaction with midwifery care among the whole study population. The overall maternal experience in planned vaginal twin birth was positive. Twin mothers felt less often able to choose their birthing position, otherwise the childbirth experience did not differ from that of singleton mothers. Copyright © 2022. Published by Elsevier B.V.


Elina Ylilehto, Outi Palomäki, Elli Toivonen, Heini Huhtala, Jukka Uotila. Twin birth: The maternal experience. Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives. 2022 Sep;33:100766

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