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post #21 of 26
That last two weeks of waiting was WAY worse than labor and the first month postpartum has been!
post #22 of 26
Its hard but so good to wait.

It looks like the AMA is wanting to remove our choices again. I get so tired of this. If its true, I'll be up for the fight. Let's watch and research this....http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=916064
post #23 of 26
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Thanks for all the stories.

My doctor does plan to wait and see how Baby B does on his own. Hopefully he will find his own way out in good time. OTOH, I feel a need to prepare myself mentally to handle whatever comes up, without panicking about it ahead of time. So I really appreciate hearing from those who handled the breech extraction with no pain meds, as in most other places anyone would gasp in horror at even attempting that. I'm not counting on it occurring, but I like to be able to think, "Well, if it *is* necessary, I can deal with that."
It's wonderful that your doc will give Baby B a chance to come out as nature intended before intervening! And if an extraction comes into the picture, yes, you will be fine without pain meds - it's temporary and results in a babe.

My OB, while the most liberal one around (willing to support my attempt at a twin home birth as our back-up OB, which we ended up needing as we transferred to the hospital), regularly practiced extractions for breech. No, not as good as natural, but way better than a C-section. So for me, while my options were compromised, I felt informed prior to the hospital and honored that the OB would support me in my attempt to HB. On the other hand, the photograph of my Baby B immediately after she was born breaks my heart - she's laying in a pool of blood between my legs, looking quite shocked (WHY couldn't she have been placed on my belly???)
post #24 of 26
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I feel a need to prepare myself mentally to handle whatever comes up, without panicking about it ahead of time. So I really appreciate hearing from those who handled the breech extraction with no pain meds, as in most other places anyone would gasp in horror at even attempting that. I'm not counting on it occurring, but I like to be able to think, "Well, if it *is* necessary, I can deal with that."
YES!! I felt the same way. The mental preparation is a huge thing. When the doc and I were disagreeing about me taking pain meds just in case (epidural or pudendal block) she was highly skeptical that I would be able to manage the pain of a breech extraction.

I had resolved that my perception of pain and my ability to manage it was very much dependent on my feeling that a painful intervention was necessary. Obviously, I didn't end up testing out my theory, but I think you can manage quite a lot if called on to do so in an acute situation.

There's also what I considered "back up" in that if the pain was overwhelming, my body would simply take over and I would pass out. My doctor was incredulous at this suggestion. But in my view, a fainted (but breathing, etc) mother coupled with a partially-completed breech extraction of a struggling baby isn't much of an emergency for the mother. Better option (for my situation) than starting a cascade of intervention based on a bunch of possibilities. I know that possible outcome might sound harsh or extreme to some, but I'm sure I would have revived without difficulty and then been pretty glad that I wasn't drugged or recovering from major surgery.

Good luck to you in these very, very trying decisions!
post #25 of 26
Queen of Carrots. Enjoy these last few weeks of calm. I know its hard to wait but its soooooooooo good and worth the wait.
post #26 of 26

I can't speak for my surrogate, but our Baby B, Alex was born Breech Extraction

Alex was born breech extraction by a maverick OB who rocks. Alex was Vertex but when Nick was born, turned totally transverse. Our surrogate wanted to avoid a C at all costs. We wanted her safety and health to be as important as the boys... so we allowed a breech birth vs. a standard C that an earlier doc (we switched docs 1/2 way thru the pregnancy, thank god) was pushing us for.

I can say that she did say it hurt. But, she hardly had the epidural going, because she wanted to feel her legs. So when Alex turned, the doc tried to do an external version. It did not work.

She reached in and grabbed his legs. He pulled away. She had to reach in there again and yank him out by the feet a 2nd time.

He came out, actually having less issues and no fetal distress during the birth... Nick had a heart murmur. Alex had jaundice. Both have corrected.

We did research on the 'net. I called a few great docs to make sure they thought a breech would be ok, for the safety of the boys. Most docs only care about their litigation status not the safety so they push for a C. We picked a doc at a teaching hospital where it is not a private practice so she was a total maverick and awesome....

Anyway, we felt comfortable w/the breech birth before, and during, and after. Alex's birth was very very traumatic for me to watch, to see our surrogate having to deal with it. But she did say, she would rather have had the breech extraction than a C. Any major surgery to the body is worse than a hard delivery I would think.

I am just giving my opinion as I watched her. Good luck, momma!
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