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I´m still trying to get my notes out of the hospital - perhaps they will shed more light on what happened....then again maybe I´ll never get an answer and I´ll just have to learn to cope with not knowing.
|To: Coalition for Breech Birth
Dear Madam or Sir,
I produce and host a weekly parenting programme on
local radio, here in Windsor Ontario. Recently I came
across the web site for your organization. I'd like
very much to speak to a representative on the air
about breech birth issues and your efforts to change
obstetric practices in Ontario.
The show airs Monday mornings from 8 - 9:00, but the
interview could be pre-recorded. I would prefer to
speak to a local member, but someone from elsewhere in
Ontario would be fine, too. Could you let me know if
there is a member of your coalition who would be
willing to speak with me? The discussion would be low
key and non-adversarial, with no call-ins.
If an interview is not possible, I would like to
receive a media package so I can discuss the subject
on a future show.
I look forward to hearing from you.
My DD was breech until the 8th month. I had decided that I was not going to give up my HB because of it. I realized that only 1 OB in NW Washington will do vaginal breech deliveries- in the hospital only and only if it is not the mom's first birth, she's not late, early, too fat, too thin, too young, too old or carrying multiples. I was outraged. My d turned, but I would've loved this thread during the pgcy. And yay for CBB! It's about time! I don't think vaginal birth should ever not be an available option if there is not medical problem. Breeches, multiples and post-term babies and moms should all get a chance at natural birth.
Anyone here transverse breech? DS was WAY high inside me and sideways all the way. It was SO uncomfortable!!!
We (DH, midwife, doula team) tried all the spinning tricks for weeks (chiro, accupuncture, visualization, on my head, etc etc etc) and the kid stayed put and was ASCENDING, rather than descending at past my due date.
It was a good early lesson to realize he was an individual with his OWN way of doing things and I can't force him to do otherwise... he's still marches to the beat of his own drummer
Me me me....DD was transverse breech diagonal across my tummy with her head near my heart and her bum near my right pelvic bone. I too tried everything (3 different chiros, accupuncture, I bought an inversion table, visualized, prayed, therapized, etc.) I went into labor at 38 weeks, 3 days before my scheduled ECV.
When I was distressed and looking for advice on MDC I recall someone referencing emotional stress and mentioning that sometimes breech babies are working hard to comfort their moms. In a transverse breech position, the head is as close as possible to the heart. That resonated with me at the time and continues today.
My sweet girl is 13 mos. old and an absolute joy and treasure. I was nursing her this evening and she was lying flat on my stomach, latched onto my left breast and dozing in the exact same position in which she grew in my belly. It made me smile.
I know some have said the "Close to my heart" thing resonated with them, and I don't want to detract from that. But the opinions that somehow make it mom's fault that baby is breech have always bothered me...that it must be because you are too anxious, or you don't really want to give birth, or because you talk too much (have really heard this), etc.
It seems clear to me that everyone has anxieties leading up to birth and new parenting, whether babies are breech or not...and such anxieties would only multiply when faced with a breech birth (and, in this country at least, almost always a cesarean). But it's never felt fair to me to hear "you must be doing something...or thinking something wrong, to make your baby breech."
Two of my babies have just been comfy that way. One wasn't. I had anxieties all three times. I became quite comfortable with breech birth and did not feel at all desperate with baby #3...and she stayed breech. It was what it was. Is it my pelvis? Cord issues? Slightly odd-shaped uterus? Who knows. But I'm quite sure it wasn't bad thoughts or the evil eye, you know?