My baby is breech! Looking for input on ECV, C-Sections, breech babies

posted 2 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Have any of you had a baby that was breech? Did they turn on their own? I did not,  and none of my friends who did had babies that turned (4 out of 4).

Has anyone experienced an ECV? What was your experience like? Was it successful/unsuccessful? Did you have a successful vaginal delivery afterward? My best friend had an ECV with her first- she said it was worse than her second (which she delivered at 8 pounds unmedicated).  Her ECV was not successful (nor were any of her other spinning babies attempts and she ended up with a c section.  She has remarked many times that she would redo her unmedicated delivery 100 times before having another ECV.

Have you experienced a C-Section? What was it like? I’ve had two.  The first was an emergency- and was a little chaotic- but recovery was smooth and I was feeling nearly 100% within about 10 days post delivery.  My second was scheduled (though I went into labor hours before…annoying)- less chaotic- similar recovery.  I’ll be having my third in July. Honestly- having not had a vaginal delivery, I can’t complain about my c sections.  I had very little scarring, minimal pain, and was out of the hospital 2 days after delivery.  The surgery itself is pretty quick- I had some incidental pain both times in my left shoulder (apparently during abdominal surgery air gets into the cavity and can cause pain in weird places)- and that was the worst part.  Post delivery- you take it easy (it’s kind of nice for someone like me who always wants to do everything myself to have to rely on someone else for a couple of days), bond with your new addition, and work on feeding that baby.  I’m not sure what else you want to know- but I’m happy to share anything else.

What advice do you have for me? What would you recommend I do?  I’m a fan of listening to your doctor (assuming you trust their opinion), and deciding what is right for you.  I know no one “wants” a section- but if you have to have one, it’s not the end of the world.  My goal has aways been, ‘healthy baby, healthy mom’- no matter what.   At the end of the day, when your baby is here- I can promise you it won’t matter how they got here- just that they’re here.  I thought (before I had my first) I’d go all natural vaginally like some kind of warrier- but now I’m pretty happy that my vagina remains in pristine condition and I have two healthy babies ๐Ÿ™‚ – and I’m still a warrier- just with a different scar.  Good luck to you!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I have not had an ECV but a good friend of mine has and she explained the procedure to me. She described it as painful and extremely uncomfortable. I’m assuming the level of pain/discomfort depends on individual. She said her dr was basically on top of her, with both hands trying to force turn the baby. It did not work for her and she ended up with a c-section.

I had an emergency c-section with my son (not breech situation tho) and honestly the actual c-section recovery wasn’t too bad. Of course there is pain but birth recovery is painful no matter what way you have your baby. Similar to cclarkrun1, I went into pregnancy with a healthy baby/healthy mom mindset. Whatever way would get my baby here safe was fine by me. I would say I felt basically fully recovered in about 2 weeks. I’m having my 2nd (scheduled c-section) in July. 

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Helper bee

booksandbananas :  with an emergency section I had the baby next to me while my partner held him. I am having an elective section with my second baby in a couple.of weeks and I asked them about skin to skin. They said with elective procedures things are often calm and relaxed and that they usually manage to do skin to skin while the c section is happening. They said there is no reason why I can’t have that experience. I honestly had no problem with my c section and I’m actually not worried about experiencing another one. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

Ugh i feel your pain. Your story sounds very similar to mine actually ….

 

Have any of you had a baby that was breech? Did they turn on their own? Yes and no he did not.

Has anyone experienced an ECV? What was your experience like? Was it successful/unsuccessful? Did you have a successful vaginal delivery afterward? Yes I had an ECV – We went into the hospital to have it performed at exactly 38 weeks. They first hooked me up to monitors to monitor the baby for about 45 mins to make sure there was no distress. The doctor came in, they explained the procedure and then gave me a mild muscle relaxer. He then started to try to turn him and it felt like someone was literally crushing me … I couldn’t get my breath he was pressing so hard on my stomach. He tried for about 10 minutes and stopped. He said I was clearly in way too much pain and he thought the baby was too big (est at about 8 and a half pounds) at that point (a tech monitors the baby the whole time on ultrasound so he was fine during this part). The dr then said he would give me an epidural if I would like and he would then try one more time to turn him or else I would just need to go ahead and schedule a CS. He said there was a less than 1% chance of anything going wrong and I would be out of there in a couple of hours. So I decided to go for it. I went in to get the epidural in an OR room and it was horrible… for some reason the anesthesiologist had a hard time and told me he had to go very deep but he had taken good notes so if I needed to come back the next week for a CS that anesthesiologist would know what to do (by the way I specifically asked for a resident anesthesiologist NOT to give me the epidural and i can’t tell you how thankful I am that I advocated for that so I had a very experienced anesthesiologist.) Within a few moments I immediately felt extremely nauseated and dizzy, they laid me down and told me it would pass to just hold on and they counted down from 60 and said ok you should feel the nauseau lift. It didn’t. It got worse and I began to pour sweat. I remember seeing the blood pressure machine beside me and my top number was 180 and then on the next read the top number had gone to 70, it gets a little blurry after that but esentially my husabnd was removed from the room and they said the baby was in distress and had to come out immediately. This was all before even attempting the nect ECV, the blood pressure bottoming out and the baby’s drop in heart rate were all a reaction from the epidural. About 5 minutes later our son was born (i was still out of it) and my husband was allowed to come back in the room. I won’t go into too much detail but I did not get to see the baby for a bit due to him having to be examined thorroughly by the neo-natologist and several other pediatricians. He was fine in the end. Me on the other had not received a full epidural so by the time they were closing me I had a good amount feeling and it wasn’t fun. The recovery was bad and the next day i was covered in bruises from them having to get the baby out so quickly. They basically beat me up!

Have you experienced a C-Section? What was it like? See above ๐Ÿ™‚

What advice do you have for me? What would you recommend I do? I can’t tell you what to do if i were you because there are ECV’s that are easy and work and are wonderful but that was just not the case for me. And i had an extremely skilled doctor who has a like 90% success rate on all ECV’s. I, myself will not be doing anymore ECV’s ๐Ÿ™‚ We are pregnant with our second and my doctor has already told me it will be a CS. 

Whatever you decide to do just make sure to educate yourself as much as possible so you are aware of what COULD happen. 

 

Post # 10
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Newbee

booksandbananas :  Sorry – meant to add I am in NO way trying to scare you. It was literally just my experience with it. Feel free to ask me any questions. 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

My son was breech and very little at under 6 lbs, although I was told he was big from ultrasounds (don’t trust those). I was not comfortable with the risks of an ECV, and didn’t want to risk anything just because I wanted a vaginal delivery. Not knocking anyone who has an ECV, this was just how I felt. I did exercises on spinning babies and my son did go head down several times before I went into labor, but he was so darn small he easily flipped back to breech.

I ended up going into labor and they thought he was head down, so I labored for about 36 hours with little progress. They finally figured out his head was in my pelvis and brought me for a c section. Skin to skin was important to me, and many hospitals are adopting protocols for doing this with c sections, so speak to your specific hospital. When my son was born he had some trouble warming up and I ended up only holding him for a minute before he went under heat lamps. This was disappointing, but let me say, the bond i have with him is wonderful, so don’t think that no skin to skin somehow changes your closeness with your child. C section recovery was very easy for me. I took some of the offered pain meds and made sure to walk right away. I generally was just so obsessed with my new responsibilities that I didn’t really think about the c section. Whatever you choose, at the end of the day youll have your kiddo and pregnancy and delivery will be the tiniest of blips in your story. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

booksandbananas :  when both of our kids are born, they were taken immediately to be checked out by the in OR pediatrician. My son was an emergency, and my daughter wasn’t quite as perky as they wanted her to be. With our first- my husband held him- I had some other things going on, but I had him once I was in recovery (maybe 15/20 minutes post birth). With our second, I had her in my arms maybe within 10 minutes of her birth and she was with me as they closed me, wheeled me to recovery, and then we both basically stripped and snuggled for the remainder of the time that we were in recovery. (I think I let my husband hold her for a little while in there somewhere…but I don’t remember). So- I’d say maybe just slightly less contact than a vaginal birth- but I don’t think we missed much overall. 

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