Birth stories are one of the highlights of this job, but even more so when the baby arrives upside down!
Many breach babies are now routinely delivered in hospital with a caesarean as this is deemed the safest option. However this should not always be the case. I know many hypnobirthing mothers who have delivered breech babies naturally and safely and strongly believe that this over medicalized stance on delivering breech babies is wrong.
I will not launch into this debate now, but just share this heart-warming story of the baby who was not going to wait for a caesarean.
Tracey had been advised that with her babies bottom was fully engaged in a breech position and therefore she had no option but to book in for a caesarean. This she did reluctantly as she had wanted a natural birth.
“I have some wonderful news – I went into labour, was seconds away from being wheeled into theatre for my caesarean (as planned as docs felt safest given circumstances) and I just had to push. Minutes later out came little Sandy. She weighed in at 6lbs and is simply a joy. I had been in labour all day just didn’t realise that was what labour felt like!
Both Pete, my husband, and I are thrilled with our little upside down package. Your practices definitely helped me stay calm and focussed. Thank you. “
The old adage ‘babies knows best’ definitely worked well in this case. A natural birth is always the healthiest option for both Mum and her baby, even when they insist on arriving bottom first.
For any Mums to be who find themselves with a breech baby the most important thing to know is you do have options. Here is a wonderful article looking at breech compared to so called normal presentation. http://www.aims.org.uk/Journal/Vol10No3/breechCSvsNormal.htm