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Old 10-13-2009, 01:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My friend has a breech babe, and is working to get him turned. She's going for a homebirth this time after a traumatic birth experience last time and would really hate to risk out due to breech. However, she's open to the possibility of a vaginal breech birth. Apparently there are no OBs in Olympia (where we live) that attend vaginal breech births, but Tacoma is a pretty close drive, so maybe someone knows of one there?

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I know it's a drive, but there are midwives in Portland that would attend her. She might even get midwives to come to Olympia...check with Andaluz Birth Center in Portland.
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I know it's a drive, but there are midwives in Portland that would attend her. She might even get midwives to come to Olympia...check with Andaluz Birth Center in Portland.
I had a repeat client in Seattle with her second babe firmly frank breech! She explored many options in Seattle. There are potentially a very small handful of midwives here that will do breech out of hospital.

My client chose to go to Andaluz that pamamidwife references, and had a wonderful experience. I was only sad not to be at her birth in PDX!

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There are no OB's in the Tacoma area that will attends a vaginal breech. There are however, a couple of Washington midwives that will attend home breech births.

Have your friend contact me if she needs more info.

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Thanks for all the information. I'm seeing her on Saturday and I'll pass this information along to her. I'm not sure if she's open to the idea of a breech HB. I really wish there were OBs who would attend vaginal breech deliveries around here. It's a shame that no one will attend them anymore. But I'm glad there are some midwives who will do it!

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I haven't found any OB's willing to do vaginal breech either.

I can understand her concern with trying a homebirth with breech, but honestly the way hospitals/OBs usually handle a vaginal breech versus a midwife....well, I'd be a bit scared of a hospital breech. They seem so much more hands on at a hospital and from what I understand, a breech birth is best handled off hands, though I could be wrong.

The other thing about a hospital is that she'd be constantly monitored, on a timer (you know, the whole "well, you've only been progressing xx cm's every 3 hours and we like to see you progress faster..."), at more risk of augmentation, and honestly, at a much higher risk of cesarean.

I hope she can find something she's comfortable with either way though! Maybe baby will decide to turn at that last minute

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My sister had her breech baby turned in Salem, OR by a doctor with amazing skill/luck--didn't hurt at all. Her midwives (at Bella Vie) recommended him. I wonder if there's anyone around here with awesome luck turning babies? (seems like that would make things easier all around!)
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Let her know that breech in the hospital isn't a pretty sight. They don't just "catch" the baby and there is nothing natural about it. A few docs up her in Alaska do them. Unless it's a surprize breech they deliver in the O.R., lying flat on their backs on an operating table in stirrups with a non-negotiable epidural. Even then, it's very likely that they will use forceps and cut an episiotomy. (A lot like twins in the hospital.) I don't think that is what she is looking for, eh?
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