Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Seattle, WA (Ish River bioregion)
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Greetings Diaper Diva, Brett, and all mamas and papas,
Perhaps you can help me find more information on breech related issues. Diaper Diva: You mentioned that breech presentation does not rule out vaginal birth. I have read this also, but I forgot where and our midwife said due to insurance restrictions, if our baby (Pema Karpo is at 36.5 weeks inside of my wife, Upel), does not turn by the time of delivery, we would have no choice but to go to the hospital for a c-section. I think there is another choice, but I need more information to make it an informed choice.
I am still hopeful that in the next 3.5 weeks, Pema will turn. We are trying almost everything except for swimming because Upel is afraid of water and does not know how to swim. Nonetheless, I am trying to prepare for what is a growing possibility - a baby that is still breech at term.
We live in Seattle which is where you may be able to help Brett, since you express an interest in midwifery. Do you know any experienced midwives who would consider a vaginal delivery? You can send me a pm on this if you prefer.
I even emailed The Farm but they seemed a bit reluctant to consider helping us beyond giving some useful advice. (I imagine they too must be careful, and they probably receive a lot of inquiries.). I have considered going to British Columbia, Canada.
I am also interested in any opinions or reflections you, or anyone may have on the ethical issues involved. E.g. the risks of vaginal breech delivery (to the extent they are known), to baby and mother, versus the trauma to mother and baby of extreme medical interventions such as cesarean.
Thank you for your help,