I am 37 weeks pregnant and was seeing Mary Barnett in hopes of having a homebirth. But now after every attempt has been made to turn our breech baby has been unsuccessful, I'm being dropped. The doctor she referred us to is pushing for a scheduled C section, but there is no medical reason to do this except that he is breech. When I told the doctor we wanted to at least wait for labor I felt brushed off and told us, "well then you'll come in when you labor and get whatever doctor is on call. He's still not likely to flip and you'll have to have an unscheduled C section" We really want to attempt a vaginal breech birth, but are having problems finding anyone who will support our decision. Does anyone know anyone anywhere who will help us? Thanks!
If anyone will, I would think it would be Dr. Christina Sebestyen. If she won't I doubt any other OB would. She fought for midwives to be able to deliver in hospitals again in Austin and I delivered with one of her midwives who was very calm in an emergency situation. They may be able to refer you to one of the chiropractors in the area who may be able to turn the baby or perhaps she would try to turn him/her (again). You just never know with the hospital restrictions/policies and the malpractice liabilities they face.
Dr. Sebestian doesn't actually do breech deliveries, unfortunately. You might try GB Kahlsa -- she also is pretty good at doing versions and she'll do a breech delivery. I had a friend who was carrying her baby breech and getting pretty close to term. GB referred her to this OB who's supposed to be really skilled in doing versions. He's in either Houston or Dallas, I forget which. But anyway, GB wound up being able to flip the baby, and they had a successful homebirth.
There are extra risks that come with breech delivery. I honestly don't know what I'd do in that situation, but I would try really hard for a version.
Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.