Just to pose a different perspective, my close friend just had a 2 hour unassisted frank breech birth a few weeks ago - she was having an unassisted birth no matter what, but went into the experience thinking baby may be breech, but didn't bother investigating further - she knew her baby would come out. So that is all to say that I would do lots of research before agreeing to anything, including the external version and especially an automatic c-section. Most babies flip on their own, you still have time, and there are gentle things to try of course, but the bottom line is that breech babies still come out. The risks of a c-section for breech are higher than the risks of a vaginal breech birth. The higher death rates associated with breech birth are due to the congenital issues that sometimes cause the baby to be breech in the first place, and c-section does not lower that rate. There are some facebook groups out there, as well as lots of breech enthusiasts who would be happy to point you in the right direction. The hardest part is finding a willing provider usually.
Here is a great breech AND VBAC video that shows how non-dramatic it can be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_4R...layer_embedded
She says - "This is the breech birth of my 4th baby. It is graphic, but it is also a birth, so they come hand in hand really
Please be mindful that this is a very personal moment, which I am sharing. I am more than happy to do so, as I feel it may help other women in my situation, to be inspired & know that there isn't only 1 option for breech babies.
My first 2 babies were born naturally, 3rd was an unnecessary c-section due to being breech, and this one was a breech VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean).
I was very determined after my c-section to have a VBAC. When I found out baby #4
was breech, I was even more so. I knew I could do it, a natural birth was the only way for me, a repeat c-section was not at all necessary (in my situation). So finally, after refusing to consent to a c-section, I got the natural birth I wanted."