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Is it true that breech babies can get stuck and die by suffocation?<br><br>
This though in my head -what I have read and been told...is what was in my mind when I had the option at a vaginal birth vs section. I had a section - the deciding factor was my son was near 11lbs! ...<br><br>
So is that a lie?<br>
Or is there some truth to that?
 

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Head entrapment can occur if the cervix is not dilated enough to allow the entire head to pass through during a breech birth. The rest of the body could potentially pass thru a cervix that is not dilated enough to allow the head to pass. If the baby is stuck too long, death can occur because the umbilical cord is still attached to the baby and running back to the placenta but is compressed by the baby's head (and obviously baby can't breathe until its head is out.)<br><br>
I don't know if birth weight would necessarily be as much of a factor as head circumfrence and presentation. I actually have a friend of a friend whose baby did die this way in a homebirth. A very sad situation, but her only other option was a c-section and she believed a vaginal birth would be best, so she decided to do it at home. FWIW, with a skilled attendant, breech birth is no more risky than a scheduled c-section. Sad thing is that there are very few attendants skilled in breech vaginal birth anymore.<br><br>
You might want to x-post this in birth professionals - you'd probably get a lot more info than just my fairly-newbie doula info. HTH!
 

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Or if the pelvis isn't wide enough. CPD is rare but it does happen.
 

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It can happen.<br><br>
In my analysis of the studies, there is additional risk when babies are breech. Some times there is a reason why they are breech - a developmental reason, or a positioning reason. Othertimes it's seemingly just luck.<br>
Whether you birth by ceasarian or vaginally, there is increased risk with the breech - vaginally the baby takes the risk, by cesearian, the mother and her future children take the risk.<br>
If I knew you were having a 11# baby, first baby, unproven pelvis, and breech...I would have some concerns.<br>
Anytime there isn't an experienced provider, I lean more towards suggesting cesearian. There are lots of people who are adept at performing that surgery.
 

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Thank you for your replies.<br>
TBH - Knowing this makes me feel a lot better.<br>
I have always wondered if I did the right thing... If the truth in any way was stretched and I was basically lied to to make me choose something I didnt really want - because that was really the only reason I opted for the section. I think if he was a little smaller I might have given the breech birth a go with a skilled professional.<br>
I know its very rare to have more than once breech baby - so I hope I get my home birth next time around! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think if my first had been huge and breech, I might have gone for section.<br><br>
I was told this about my third when he was breech, but I didn't believe it. I had a proven pelvis (with one 10 pounder), a history of quick and uncomplicated labors, and I figured if he was as massive as they were telling me, his bottom and torso would be well big enough to dilate the cervix fully. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
One thing that I am unsure about is how often intervention *causes* breech complications. Ever since I read a doctor's admittal that he may have cause the nuchal hands that ended with a stuck breech baby (by pulling on the feet and causing the startle reflex), that has been rattling around in my brain.
 
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