Our baby A was vertex, baby B was breech. Baby A's water broke at 34w6d and off to the OR we went. While we delivered in the OR, with, oh, maybe 150 people in there, my OB was VERY cool with the idea of delivering baby B breech. So Baby A was delivered, handed off to the NICU team
and then my OB broke Baby B's water, and pulled her out by her feet. They were 3 minutes apart. No ultrasound to check position, he just reached up in there and pulled her out. And not any more painful than delivering the 1st, but I did have an epidural. And of both babes, baby B is the one I CLEARLY remember birthing. Meaning, I CLEARLY felt her slide out of my body. And watched my stomach go down. As opposed to Baby A, who I didn't realize I'd even pushed out until I heard a cry. (first words out of my mouth? oh my god! did I just give birth?) Not quite the birth I'd wanted, but I'd take an episiotomy and epidural any day over a c section. Due to "hospital policy" because they were born prior to 36 weeks, they went straight to the NICU. Where due to the cascade of interventions, they stayed for 15 L-O-N-G days. I had a lot of anger for a long time about the whole thing. But ultimately, I've come to a peace that the birth we had is the birth we had. I can't change it, so I focus not on the birth itself but on the "ever after" - the parenting of these two amazing little ones.
When interviewing OBs, mine was very skilled in the art of delivering a breech baby, and respected my desire to have as close to a natural birth as is possible in a large teaching hospital setting. His take all along was that as long as baby A is vertex, and larger, he would deliver baby B breech. And we were fortunate that he wasn't on vacation, I wasn't handed off to a different team, he himself delivered 98% of all babies born to his practice, AND his partner had a similar birth philosophy (she would have delivered a breech also). Good luck. I know we all focus on the birth process when pregnant, but try to accept that it's the first of many times that you can't control what your little ones do. Be prepared as much as possible, and just make the best of it.
peace to you and your wee ones!
mom to the Wonder Twins (b 8/28/01) and my Sugar Plum Fairy (b 4/22/04)