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When is Twin viability?

It is 24 wks for a singleton right? Same for twins?

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    I always thought so...
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    yes, it is the same.
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    The hospital I delivered at was 23 weeks for both singletons and twins. When we were in Level 3 NICU, there were quite a few 23 weekers there.
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    The hospital I delivered at was 23 weeks for both singletons and twins. When we were in Level 3 NICU, there were quite a few 23 weekers there.

    23 weekers rarely make it, sadly. My friend's twins were born at 23w and lived 4 and 5 days.

    24 is is considered "viable" but still is quite dangerous- nothing to celebrate (like they seem to do on the tri boards celebrating Vday)... sure, it's great to get there- but it's no magic number.

    As my OB says- at 24w they will do what they can to save the life of a baby... before that it's pretty much touch and go - they might not be able to do anything.

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    The hospital I delivered at was 23 weeks for both singletons and twins. When we were in Level 3 NICU, there were quite a few 23 weekers there.

    23 weekers rarely make it, sadly. My friend's twins were born at 23w and lived 4 and 5 days.

    24 is is considered "viable" but still is quite dangerous- nothing to celebrate (like they seem to do on the tri boards celebrating Vday)... sure, it's great to get there- but it's no magic number.

    As my OB says- at 24w they will do what they can to save the life of a baby... before that it's pretty much touch and go - they might not be able to do anything.

    This exactly.  I work in the NICU and I attend deliveries.  Any delivery less than 23 weeks we do not resuscitate.  During week 23 we will go to the delivery and assess the baby's maturity, and based on that may or may not resuscitate.  By 24 weeks, we will resuscitate unless the parents ask us not to.  But it is nothing to celebrate - the chance of survival without a major handicap is very low.  I hate it when I see people "celebrating v-day" on these boards. 

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    imageKimmy08:
    The hospital I delivered at was 23 weeks for both singletons and twins. When we were in Level 3 NICU, there were quite a few 23 weekers there.

    23 weekers rarely make it, sadly. My friend's twins were born at 23w and lived 4 and 5 days.

    24 is is considered "viable" but still is quite dangerous- nothing to celebrate (like they seem to do on the tri boards celebrating Vday)... sure, it's great to get there- but it's no magic number.

    As my OB says- at 24w they will do what they can to save the life of a baby... before that it's pretty much touch and go - they might not be able to do anything.

    i had the scare of my life at 23wks.  it is horrifying to think you might deliver then.  goldie, so sorry for your friend.

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    imageKimmy08:
    The hospital I delivered at was 23 weeks for both singletons and twins. When we were in Level 3 NICU, there were quite a few 23 weekers there.

    23 weekers rarely make it, sadly. My friend's twins were born at 23w and lived 4 and 5 days.

    24 is is considered "viable" but still is quite dangerous- nothing to celebrate (like they seem to do on the tri boards celebrating Vday)... sure, it's great to get there- but it's no magic number.

    As my OB says- at 24w they will do what they can to save the life of a baby... before that it's pretty much touch and go - they might not be able to do anything.

    i had the scare of my life at 23wks.  it is horrifying to think you might deliver then.  goldie, so sorry for your friend.

    thank God you didn't!

    My friend's twins died the week before I found out I was having twins. I had such a hard time telling her - but I did it right away because I didn't want her to find out from someone else.  It was a really rough time for her - still is obviously- but thankfully she just had a baby girl 4 months ago! (and has a beautiful adopted son who is in Griffn's class at school).

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    I can't imagine 24 wks viability for a singleton let alone twins. This just blows me away that's why i asked. Thanks for the responses ladies. i def can't imagine giving birth at 24 wks to these 2 little miracles.
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    I hate it when I see people "celebrating v-day" on these boards. 

    Yes Agree. I don't find it anything to celebrate.

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    imageanna2006:

    I hate it when I see people "celebrating v-day" on these boards. 

    Yes Agree. I don't find it anything to celebrate.

    This. I hate seeing the "V-day" posts. 

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    I think it's something to celebrate in the sense that it's better to know your baby/ies at least have a chance of surviving than not. I didn't "celebrate" it per se, but each week farther that I made it, I was glad and thankful. A good friend of mine unexpectedly delivered her singleton at 26w2d due to severe pre-e just two weeks after I found out I was pg, so I knew about the NICU experience and how scary it all was, all the things he was at risk for. Each week closer to full-term was, for me, something to be glad for. (And obviously 26w, as scary as it is, is that much better than 24w.) But today he is a happy, mostly healthy 2-year-old boy and you darn well bet his mom is glad that if she had to deliver early, that she had him at 26w rather than 22 or 23 (or, for that matter, 24 or 25), kwim?
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    I'm pretty sure it is the same.  When I was in the hospital at 25 weeks in PTL the nurse kept saying to me, 'well at least they are viable.'  So I assume she was referring to the fact that they were past the 24 week mark.
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    imageanna2006:

    I hate it when I see people "celebrating v-day" on these boards. 

    Yes Agree. I don't find it anything to celebrate.

    This. I hate seeing the "V-day" posts. 

    I think V-day is something to celebrate - it is another goal/weekly milestone that has arrived.  Anything before 24 weeks, it sounds like the drs./nurses won't be able to do much to save the babies, but after 24 weeks, at least you have a shot.  So in my mind, 24 weeks is definitely a milestone week! 

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