When I was pregnant with my first baby, Andie. She sat breech the entire pregnancy. I was lucky enough to have an obstetrician who had a lot of experience supporting breech babies so he was fine for me to go ahead with a vaginal birth if she stayed breech - which I was really excited about as I wanted the chance to birth my baby. I say I am "lucky" to have had this particular OB because back when I had Andie, I was in no way informed of my birthing choices and was very much in the hands of my OB's decisions and views. Andie ended up turning in the very late stages of pregnancy so it never ended up being a part of our journey but knowing that my OB was in support of this if it were to happen - was (and still is) something I am so grateful for.
The added pressure on a mother in the late stages of pregnancy can be enormous. Regular texts from friends & family asking "are you in labour yetttttt????" like the mum isn't counting down every minute of every hour asking herself why she isn't in labour yet! The more frequent hospital appointments, not to mention the physical and emotional experiences the mother is personally going through with the changes in her body. To find out your baby is breech can be quite confronting to women. The way our society views birth - more of a medical emergency rather than a natural physiological experience - women hear that their baby is breech and totally freak the f&ck out. It's not the woman's fault. It is our society and our medical system that has drilled this fear into women for decades now. Oh, your baby is too big - c section. Oh, your baby is overdue - you need to be induced. Oh, your baby is breech - c section.
I know I will probably ruffle some feathers with this blog. The "you don't know better than trained professionals" trolls will surely come out. I'm not claiming to be a medical professional and I'm certainly not saying that every single breech baby can and should be delivered vaginally. Of course every woman and pregnancy is different and in some cases, yes, a c section may be the safest option. But your baby being breech is not an automatic reason for you to be sent for a c section. Your care provider should assess the situation. Give you ALL the information. Give you ALL the risks and benefits of each option you have. Your care provider should SUPPORT YOU!
Finding an obstetrician who will support you through a breech birth takes persistence and research but it CAN be done. If you aren't finding the support you are seeking from your care provider - look elsewhere. Find a midwife who is experienced in breech births. Change hospitals if need be. Find someone who is going to give you all the information so you can be informed on the choices you make! For those who are comfortable with it, sourcing a private midwife who supports breech vaginal birth in a home birth setting, is also an option.
Vaginal breech birth is more complex, but not necessarily more difficult. Breech birth may very well be possible for you, depending on your individual circumstances, the type of breech position your baby is in and the experience of your doctors and midwives. But as I said above - if you aren't finding the support you need - change care providers. Get informed and then make your decision.
BREECH BIRTH IS POSSIBLE!!!
Scroll down to see this superstar mum deliver her breech baby. I can't thank Bernetta and Todd enough for having me there to capture such a beautiful moment in time. And a big congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! ❤