|Originally posted by tammylc
So I can try ECV and there's a 50% chance the baby will turn and I'll be able to have a vaginal delivery at home. Worst case scenario is that I have to have an emergency c-section (and my doctor has *never* had a version end in a section). When my only alternative is a planned c-section, this seems like a worthwhile option.
I guess I have some serious doubts about his claim. Also you need to know out of the 50% that do turn how many of those babies are csectioned anyway for other reasons. (like distress in labor, birth injury, cord problems)
I have been where you have been. I was wanting more than anything to have that vaginal delivery so it seemed worthwhile to me too. My doctor said that until me, she had never had an emergency csection happen, however out of all her versions that were successful more than half had csections for other reasons. If I had to do it over again I would have never attempted. I should have listened to my body -- baby was breech for a reason even after all my attempts to turn her. After that I made a promise to myself that if I knew of any other mom in that situation to impart what I learned, the hard way, on to her.
I also read ECV was safe. It was after I got past the surface of the fluff sites and "let me explain this to you in lay terms" on pregnancy or medical sites I began to realize that there was a lot of risk involved to both me and my baby.
My daughter was bruised on her butt and face and head. Many babies experience bruising from the proceedure. My baby pooped meconium and had decels in heart rate. Not only was it painful for me, and stressful, my BP bottomed out and I experienced nausea and faintness. And this is just a small portion of what happened. If I had been told any of these things could happen I would have forgone the proceedure. My doctor didn't forget to tell me these things, she just didnt think they were significant enough to tell me.