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Originally Posted by NYCVeg
Not ALL breech babies can be born vaginally--there are a number of different types of breech; some can be born vaginally and some can't. Lotus breeches, for instance (baby is basically sitting cross-legged, head up), usually can't. Footling or frank breechs (foot or butt first) usually can, I believe.
But the bigger problem here is care provider. Most doctors these days simply aren't trained in delivering a breech baby. If she wants to have a vaginal birth, she needs to get more info on baby's exact position and then find a doctor or midwife who has practice delivering breeches. Where I live, for instance, there is one doctor who is well-known as THE only practitioner in the area who will deliver a breech. Women frequently transfer into his practice at 38 or 40 weeks if they have a breech baby and don't want a c/s.
I'm not sure if others will agree with here, but, if she's unwilling to change providers--I would not risk having a totally inexperienced doctor deliver my breech baby; in that case, I think a c/s is actually safer. But, if I had a doctor or midwife who WAS comfortable delivering a breech baby vaginally--and, personally, I would certainly look for one--I think that would be safer than a c/s.
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Originally Posted by alegna
Absolutely possible. Whether she can find a Dr. to agree to it- something else all together.
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