Post # 1
I was a breeched baby and my mother therefore had to have me by c-section. I was thinking about how I would handle having my baby breeched and saw that there are actually ways to deliver breeched babies vaginally (DUH!). While this is something I wouldn’t do, I wondered if anyone has seen this done/ done it.
Post # 3
My grandmother delivered my father breech, vaginally, without pain medication and then went on to have 2 more children after that (there are 5 total). She is one amazing woman!!!
Post # 4
Addie was breech until 32 weeks-ish, so I did some research on breech babies. It is very rare to find someone in the US (doctor or midwife) trained to deliver a breech baby. Very few people actually know how to do this, and therefore, very few hospitals will even allow a breech delivery. Also, not all types of breech can be delivered vaginally, even by someone trained to do it. I believe only footling breech babies can actually be delivered vaginally; I believe frank and complete breech babies actually have to be manually turned by a trained professional during the birthing stage in order to even come out.
The best bet is to avoid a c-section because of a breech baby is to try to turn the baby before labor/delivery. There are a variety of techniques on http://www.spinningbabies.com, with varying success rates. The technique I’ve heard of with the best success rate is the Webster method, which a chiropracotr would perfrom, but accupuncture, accupressure, external versions, etc… all have some success ratings.
Post # 5
My OB will not attempt a vaginal delivery for a breech baby- they will try external version and if that doesn’t work, they’ll just take you straight in for a c-section.
Post # 6
My doula posted this article on her FB page: http://www.homebirth.net.au/2011/03/mechanism-of-breech.html
It has graphic pictures of the birth, so not for the faint of heart and not suitable for work. I would think in today’s birthing world a lot of OB’s wouldnt attempt to allow a woman to do this, but you might find a midwife who would.
Post # 7
OK, not helpful, but I saw this crazy thing about a woman delivering breech twins at home by herself…she didn’t know she was having twins, bc she hadn’t been to the OB for an ultrasound! I think they both ended up OK, luckily, and I’m sure it was a little easier since she had other kids already, but yipes!
Post # 8
I didn’t think a doctor would be crazy enough to try that. I was breech and was born by c-section. There no way in hell I’d let a doctor deliver my breech baby vaginally.
Post # 9
@MsMamaBear: Yeah plus it just sounds like major ouchies…especially since that’s not how babies are suppose to come out!
Post # 10
I work in NICU and go to high-risk deliveries, I have been to a couple vaginal breech deliveries. Where I work they don’t do vaginal breech births unless the woman comes in and it is too close to the delivery to do a c-section (it takes about 30-45 minutes to get a woman into a c-section where I work). They are terrifying. You can see the baby gasping for breath before it’s head delivers. Once, we had to manually push on the moms stomach to get the head out because her contractions weren’t sufficient once the babies body was born. In all of the cases the baby ended up with complications due to being born that way (significant facial bruising and swelling, causing airway problems, wet lungs requiring ventilatory support etc).