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Footing breech, legs in my vagina and I couldn't feel it?!

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DS was born by cesarean due to breech presentation. Recently I got my surgical report and was surprised to find that he was a double footling breech. Serial ultrasounds the weeks before his delivery always showed him in Frank breech position. So, I did a google search and everything I see for double footing breech shows a baby with their feet/legs out of the uterus and into mom's vagina or out of her body. I'm really confused. I think I would have felt feet/legs in my vagina....right? I do have a 'heart shaped' uterus so I know more breech babies are possibly in my future. I'm concerned that if DS was a double footling breech other babies might be the same and that of breech positions, this one is less desirable for a vaginal birth, which I'm hoping for.

I did labor for a while to get DS and me all those good birth hormones. Labor started at 7pm, went to the hospital at around 1am. Told I was 2cm dilated. Given Trubutline to slow down labor (planned cesarean was for that morning at 9am). Labor slowed though I continued to have small contractions the EFM picked up. I couldn't feel them and slept for a a couple hours. At 4am the nurses rushed in due to DS's decels. I was prepped for surgery and DS was born at 4:30am. I didn't get anything but the Trubutline between admission to the hospital and the spinal while in the OR.


post #2 of 5

At 2cm dilated his feet and legs would not have been in your vagina because they wouldn't have been able to fit through your cervix at that point. I imagine that the photos on Google just show the legs extended for clarity but a footling breech just means that the feet are closest to the cervix as opposed to a frank breech where the legs are bent at the hips and the feet are up near the shoulders.


Here is a picture of a footling breech with a closed cervix http://www.google.com.au/imgres?q=footling+breech&hl=en&sa=X&biw=1280&bih=709&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=hJECPdkqgkPcxM:&imgrefurl=http://catalog.nucleusinc.com/generateexhibit.php%3FID%3D4533&docid=nlRsneSADa8a5M&w=400&h=306&ei=QwaBTtSbK8L2mAWop9WiBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=502&vpy=157&dur=3&hovh=196&hovw=257&tx=156&ty=93&page=1&tbnh=151&tbnw=189&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0

post #3 of 5

Footling breech simply means feet were presenting first, as opposed to a butt or knees. 

post #4 of 5

First, every baby is different, mama. I wouldn't spend as much time worrying about the next one as I would loving on the one you have right now!


I remember Trubutline... it gave me awful side affects. Since I got that shot I dealt with heart palpitations for almost a year and a half after my oldest son was born. I hope you have better luck than I did, mama!

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Thanks for the replies ladies! That image makes much more sense to me now!

I really do need to just embrace this pregnancy for all it is, and isn't, and be at peace. Rainbow.gif

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