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My Mom died when I was 20- 10 years ago. I am sure we talked about pregnancy and birh, but I don't specifically recall those conversations. My Dad, bless his heart, tries to remember specifics about my mom's pregnancies with us (three kids,) but his perspective was a little different Anyhow- an aunt of mine recently told me that I was in luck because my mom had 5-6 hour labors with "all of us." I called my Dad and younger sister to verfiy (she has an elephant's memory!) and sure enough, the first two were short labors- 5 or 6 hours. However, my brother was breech, and my Dad is pretty sure he was a footling. Anyhow- my mom ended up giving birth to him vaginally, which is astounding to think about knowing the little I do about footling delivery. I pray that I won't have a breech delivery, but it's inspiring to know that my mom did it!

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I love hearing stories like that . I'm sorry your mom isn't here for you to talk to, though .

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My grandfather was originally a single footling breech. Story goes that dr. came, went in to see the mom, came back out and told the dad it would be awhile longer, a foot was coming out so he shoved it back in. Baby was later delivered frank breech.

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Sorry that your mom isn't here for you to talk to, but that is a very cool story to hear even second hand. My grandmother had a footling breech surprise twin - my mom - born vaginally at home (with a midwife & then a back up dr in attendance, and they gave her twilight sleep. eek). It was such a cool story to hear. I have friends who have given birth to breech (though, not footlings) babies at home. Who says csec is necessary ?!
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I was born a double-footing breech 39 years ago. And I was my mom's first baby, too. Yes, it was vaginal, but pretty much a horror anyway - my mom got a spinal for delivery (despite Lamaze up until then) and a right angled and left angled mediolateral episiotomy and then Piper forceps for me. I think that's about as close to a vaginal c/sec as you can come. Seeing as I was her first, they did classicals and VBAC's wouldn't come around for another 20 years or so, she was grateful (she had 5 more deliveries after me).
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Wow! That's amazing. I am sorry you lost your mom.

I've read that we labor more like our sisters than our mothers/grandmothers.
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I find stories like that inspiring too

My aunt had her 2nd child vaginally and he was a frank breech. She said the Dr. was young and initially thought her son had a deformity on his head lol!

DH and I - totally winging life with our four children, DS1 (6.5yrs), DS2 (5yrs), DD (3yrs) and DS3 (1)!

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I've read that we labor more like our sisters than our mothers/grandmothers.
Well then my sister is in luck- she'll have a preview. I get to go boldly where no sister has gone before

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Well then my sister is in luck- she'll have a preview. I get to go boldly where no sister has gone before
Are you having your sister at the birth?
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I am so sorry you don't have your mom with you in body any longer. That's got to be hard when you are expecting your first child. I missed my grandmother so much at the births of all of my children.

I would not transport for a c-section for a footling breech unless there was cord prolapse (obviously!) Then again, I have the sure knowledge that my pelvis is of the proportion of an ape and I highly distrust c-sections as being 'safer'.
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Are you having your sister at the birth?
She was at our first daughter's birth- quite by accident. Our daughter was a week early and my sister had come for Christmas. I don't plan on having her at my birth, though. We're not telling anyone in my family we're planning a HB. She might be ok with it, but I think I just want me my wife, and my midwife

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i was a vaginal footling breech. my mom's first kid. also i was almost 4 WEEKS overdue! I was 'supposed' to be born in early September. Arrived mid october. . . .

my mom died 4 years ago today - i was pg with my first living son then so i couldn't ask her for more info. wish i could, though. ((hugs)) to the op. i know how it sucks not to have a mommy now. no matter how old we are, we want our mommy's. The good stuff, the hard stuff, the questioning stuff, it's all nice to share with our mom's and to get those insights. esp after one has kids.

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I've read that we labor more like our sisters than our mothers/grandmothers.
I've never heard that, but if it's true my sisters are in luck. I have easy labors, other than the prodromonal labor (several weeks with my daughter, a week or so with my 3rd son, a couple days with #2). Pushing sucks for me but thats probably different for everyone too. I DID however, throw up in transition with my first two, just like my mom (she threw up in transistion with ALL of us). But, I eat while in labor, so there ya go ; )

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My sisters and I seem to labor similarly. Very fast.
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i was a vaginal footling breech. my mom's first kid. also i was almost 4 WEEKS overdue! I was 'supposed' to be born in early September. Arrived mid october. . . .

my mom died 4 years ago today - i was pg with my first living son then so i couldn't ask her for more info. wish i could, though. ((hugs)) to the op. i know how it sucks not to have a mommy now. no matter how old we are, we want our mommy's. The good stuff, the hard stuff, the questioning stuff, it's all nice to share with our mom's and to get those insights. esp after one has kids.

bettyann
What a first birth experience for your mom!

I'm sorry you've lost your mom. It's so true that (especially) with every major life milestone I experience the loss in a new way. She lost her mom while she was sick with cancer and told me once that she wished she had a phone line to heaven so she could talk to her.

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