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    With all this talk of breech babies lately, I was just curious as to what you would personally do, or if you have been in that situation, what you have done? If you were an uncomplicated pregnancy, past 38 weeks, and the baby was either complete or frank breech, would you attempt a vaginal delivery? What steps and measures would you take? Hopefully this doesn't get heated or anything, I just wanted to know everyone's personal opinion on it and why you feel that way so that I can be informed in the future. I learn so much from you ladies!!

    So here's what I am thinking, but I'm not totally sold yet: I would try accupuncture, spinning babies, and all the positioning-type stretches/exercises. I would also try the Hypnobabies breech scripts and visualization. If baby still won't turn, then I would like to schedule an u/s to check for cord length and any physical reasons for being breech. I would have an external version attempted. If that was not successful, I would try to find a doctor or CNM experienced in breech delivery, but would most likely change my birth location to the hospital (much as I would hate to), and consult with them to gather further information before making a final decision. If there are no OBs or CNMs, then I would probably still let my body go into labor on it's own (ONLY if baby were frank or complete breech). And this is where I am stuck and would need to think long and hard... Go with the repeat c/s or not? I just don't know...
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    My first son was a natural, non-induced birth. Pretty straight forward and easy. Second decided to be a booger. Found out at 38wks that he was breech. Tried positioning- nothing. Tried an external version- no luck. (And it was not fun. Painful because the OB knew how badly I wanted him turned so he tried really hard three times.) So I had a scheduled c/s. I realize in a bigger city or different practice, I could have had a vaginal delivery. But in the end, I had a healthy baby. Don't get me wrong- I cried and cried and lost so much sleep over the c/s. But now that I'm 2 months out, I don't regret anything. I have two amazing boys. It also helps that Jack has been a great BFer from the beginning. As big an advocate as I am for birthing naturally, I'm even more into BFing. The c/s didn't alter that. So there you go- my experience.
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    Pics of my homebirth midwife delivering a footlong breech (real birth pics...) :
    http://birthingway.com/footling_breech.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyrantOfTheWeek View Post
    Pics of my homebirth midwife dielivering a footlong breech (real birth pics...) :
    http://birthingway.com/footling_breech.htm
    DH and I were JUST viewing your pics the other day and didn't even know it!! We were having the breech discussion, and I found a link from alldoulas.com. THANK YOU for sharing that with the public. And totally AMAZING pictures. If you don't mind me asking, what were your thoughts going into the delivery? And what ultimately made you decide to go ahead and deliver even with a footling? Any particular things you had to do during labor/delivery for safety's sake? Or did you go into just like any other labor and delivery? You don't have to answer if you don't want, but I am really interested to hear

    ETA: And I forgot to ask... were there any inconsistencies with the baby's heart-rate? I see that she monitored almost continuously... did she notice any decels or anything?
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    It would all depend entirely on finding a caregiver who not only was willing to do it, but had experience. I'm all for trying a breech birth, but finding someone in the US who is experienced with it is darn near impossible.
    Oh and Mindie, those pictures are AMAZING!
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    Quote Originally Posted by krazykat View Post
    DH and I were JUST viewing your pics the other day and didn't even know it!! We were having the breech discussion, and I found a link from alldoulas.com. THANK YOU for sharing that with the public. And totally AMAZING pictures. If you don't mind me asking, what were your thoughts going into the delivery? And what ultimately made you decide to go ahead and deliver even with a footling? Any particular things you had to do during labor/delivery for safety's sake? Or did you go into just like any other labor and delivery? You don't have to answer if you don't want, but I am really interested to hear

    ETA: And I forgot to ask... were there any inconsistencies with the baby's heart-rate? I see that she monitored almost continuously... did she notice any decels or anything?
    Those aren't me...LMAO. I wish.
    She is my midwife though. I <3 her lots.
    I just thought they were worth sharing on this discussion to show that it can be done. Most OB/GYNs aren't even TRAINED to deliver breech babies anymore. And at the rate things are going, they won't even be trained to do vaginal deliveries.
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    These are my other favorite pics from her archives.
    http://birthingway.com/caul.htm

    Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
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    Here are some pics of another Atlanta midwife.
    The Facial presentations would automatically result in a c/s if you were in a hospital. There is another breech birth on there as well.
    http://www.newlifemidwiferycare.com/gallery/index.php

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    Those last pics are pretty neat with the bag still intact as the head comes out.
    I think I would try all the things you mentioned in the beginning first but ultimatly would go for it if all looked good with cord length and all. I'd still do it at home, though our hospital is literally 4 blocks away. My MW have delivered a few before. When I asked her about it she said it wasn't really the PC thing to do but 'if it just happened' and we 'didn't know' then she'd be there for us just like the rest of her clients.
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    I just faced this situation a couple months ago. I found out at 34 weeks that my baby was breech- I spent three weeks doing every at home and natural thing you could think of (including chiropractic, accupuncture, moxa, etc). At 37 weeks nothing had changed. We scheduled an external version. In the meantime we also talked about what we would do if the version didn't work. The plan was that I would wait for labor to begin on its own, and if the baby was STILL breech at that point we'd go for the emergency c-section. My midwife offered scheduling a c-section if the version didn't work (so that there wouldn't be any "emergency" about it, and I would know the surgeon). It was more important to me to have labor start on its own. I was not at all into the scheduled c-section. Luckily for me, my version was the unbelievably easiest version ever seen or done by my midwife and the OB. I was incredibly lucky to go on to naturally deliver a beautiful baby girl!
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