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Q&A: "Mixed deliveries"?

How often do "mixed deliveries" happen, when one baby is born vaginally and another is born by c-section?

Re: How often do "mixed deliveries" happen, when one baby is born vaginally and another is born by c-section?

The Bump Expert

Since twins can be delivered vaginally more than half the time, this is often the preferred method of delivery for many women. However, it is possible that a problem may occur with the second baby after the first baby is born, so in an emergency, a "mixed delivery" may result -- where one baby is born vaginally and another is born via c-section. Luckily though, this is pretty rare -- only happening to about 3 to 4 percent of twin births in total -- and is usually the result of an uncommon problem (for example, the placenta tearing away from the wall of the uterus prematurely).

Karen Moise, RN