Originally Posted by camille76
(That's pretty amazing.)
Was is really necessary to wait 1hr to make sure she was fully dilated? That had to be torture!! I know I cant stand to wait 1 minute! Couldn't they tell by checking the cervix, or were they unable to?
Also, why were the baby's legs purple/blue?
I know it is late to be responding to these messages but I just registered on this list.
I am the midwife who attended the woman at this birth. Sometimes we hear that the reason breech is so dangerous is that the cervix will close and trap the baby's head. Some people, myself included, don't believe that happens. The head is the largest part of the baby, that is why it is preferable for the head to be first. Therefore, it is possible to begin delivering the body before the cervix is fully open. I think that is how the heads get stuck. When she felt like pushing there was no more cervix that I could feel but the body had passed through it and I can only reach as far as my fingers will go. Many midwives try to assure that the cervix is fully dialated by waiting the hour before adding to the pushing. It is just a furthur precaution.
The color of the baby was actually very good. Be aware that neither photos or our monitors have true color. But, heads and bodies during birth can look purpleish due to restricted blood flow. White is the color we don't want to see. Blessings and happy birthing!