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#1 of 8 Old 12-05-2003, 04:31 PM - Thread Starter
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just out of interest: has anyone had a vaginal birth with a breech baby?
i'm only 14 weeks and ds was fine, normal delivery, but ever since i got pregnant the first time i keep wondering: what if...?
i come from germany, they do a few more breech vaginal deliveries there, than they seem to do here. is it mostly cause nobody knows how to do them? america seems to be afraid of anything when it comes to childbirth, so i was hoping i could find some answers about this issue on this board.
when i mentioned to dh the other night that if the baby was breech, i'd try to convince my mw to do vaginal delivery, he FREAKED. i'm pretty sure, my mw would think i'm nuts, too, since she's part of a bigger practice and they do have certain policies...
i know there's risks involved, but it's not like they never used to do it in the old days, right?
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Both mine have been head down but I would birth a breech vaginally in the right situation. Here is an interesting site.
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i know this deoesn't help, but i was a footling breech back in 1974, born vaginally.
it seems the standard protocol for breech babies is to try external version, and then if that doesn't turn them, to schedule a cesarean.
i was really worried about a breech baby as well, since i was one, as were 4 of my mom's other babies.
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UGH! I just had to look at the episiotomy/forceps delivery pictures! It looked more like something was dying than being born. They didn't even give the mom a chance to do it on her own. I had no idea episiotomies were cut so huge!
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One of my friends delivered twins, both breech, vaginally (with no tears!) about 8 months ago.

They didn't know it was twins or that they were breech, we just saw the butt coming out and by then it was too late to do any intervention thank goodness.

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my aunt had breech twins vaginally w/ no pain meds!!! i'm serious.... she was going to have a homebirth, and didnt know she had twins. they ended up going to the hospital (don't remember why) and found out that she had 2 breeches in there. and out they came naturally. i think this was back in the 70s, too.
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My 6 th baby was a vaginal breech, in late '96. At that time, we had an older OB in town who had gone to med school back in the days when doctors were trained to catch breech babies. Michaela was a frank breech, she wasn't my first baby, and she wasn't palpating as if she were very large---these were about the only "requirements" this doctor had for vag breech births.

The birth itself was very similar to my vertex babies. The only difference I noticed was I had really no urge to push! But, she was born smoothly and quickly, with interventions and no tearing.

I probably could've had her at home; my midwives were willing to try, but they'd not assisted at a breech birth before. I just wasn't comfortable with that.

If you can find Ina May Gaskin's video about breech births, do so; it's pretty cool (except I think all the moms are laying down to birth...???). Also, I know she's working on a book about vag breech births. Don't know if it'll be out by the time your baby's getting ready to be born.

Hope this helps,

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My mother was born breech, vaginally. My grandmother says it was her easiest birth.

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