you asked...

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

My baby is breech. What are my delivery options?

Re: My baby is breech. What are my delivery options?

The Bump Expert

Doctors often recommend a cesarean birth, but vaginal birth may be an option if version is successful. When you’re close to your delivery date, you and your doctor will inevitably discuss the risks and benefits of your options.

Vaginal birth is pretty tough when baby is breech. (Ok, birth is always pretty touch. With a breech baby, it’s even tougher. Not to scare you.) Since baby’s head is the largest body part at birth, when it comes out first (when baby is in the normal position), it’s relatively easy to guide the rest of the body out after. With breech babies, the body comes out first, and may not stretch the cervix enough for the larger head to come out after. A prolapsed umbilical cord -- when the cord goes through the birth canal before baby -- is also more likely in a vaginal breech birth. A prolapsed cord can become pinched, which cuts off blood flow.

For these reasons, breech babies are usually delivered via cesarean section. The risks -- rare and usually easy to treat -- are similar to any major surgery and include infection, bleeding and complications from pain medication.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

You can also try the Webster Technique with a certified Chiropractor to turn the baby naturally. Often times, it doesn't even need the external version! find a certified chiropractor at icpa4kids.org

erinp_dc |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

Well, I'm having a breech baby too, happened to me for the first time ( my third baby), But I'm also really worried about it. My doctor gave me some kind of exercises to do, then if it's not working she'll try to turn my baby, if this won't work than I'm going to have a c-section( which is the worst case for me). Because with my two babies, I had no problem to deliver them natural without epidural( one of them) & no cuts or stiches, so this is makes me really scary!!!!!!

inesa5 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

My first baby was breech and rather than risk his health we decided on a c-section and it was probably the best birth experience I could have had! The end result of healthy baby and healthy mommy were all we wanted no matter what. With this one we are once again going to have a c-section and I couldn't be happier!

1coreyjean |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I just found out that in week 39, my baby has decided to turn, and is now breech. I'm just waiting to hear to go for an ultrasound just to make sure then discuss my options with my doctor. I am so scared! My pregnancy was so smooth and all of a sudden this happens. My worst nightmare was having to go for a c-section, and now it seems that it's very likely to happen. I'm going to do everthing in my power to get my baby to turn one more time. Last week the baby's head was down in my pelvis ready to go...so this whole thing has really caught me by surprise.

KristyC81 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

This is my second pregnancy going through a breech baby position. This pregnancy has been so smooth, not a high risk like my first. I was really hoping to try a natural birth since it's been 10 yrs since my daughter but it looks like I will be having a c-section again. The truth is I'm at a different stage in my life and feel great, I have been exercising and still working. After seeing what I went through with my first c-section I feel confident that this time it will be different and want to be more possitive about it this way I will recouperate quicker. I hope this insentive helps other mom's that are going for a c-section. When I had my daughter I was dissapointed and depressed since I was in bed rest for three months prior and I have always been very athletic. When I think about it all, I have read that a c-section also releaves the baby's stress and they are born more calm.

MommyBoop22 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

Vaginal breech delivery is a lost art! It's a shame that the vast majority of OBs are not trained to deliver a breech baby. It's a variation of normal, and I wish more would be knowledgeable about to to avoid cesareans.

A37licia |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I'm only 7 months pregnant, not quite there yet, but I have to add to the conversation - I was born C-section in 1979, one of the last "vertical" C-sections in the U.S. I turned out fine and so did my mom. It didn't emotionally or physically scar me for life, nor her. If 31 years ago in a subpar hospital in podunk Kingsville, Texas, this worked - it will work fine for you.

jfalconer |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I'm just amazed at how many of you ladies are just accepting the fact that you are going to have a c-section... I'm having my baby at home with a team of midwives and I know that they can handle a breach birth. Most doctors in the US don't know how to handle anything other than what they have been trained to do which would be the "normal" birth. The only reason they don't know how the handle something "different" is because hospitals are run by insurance companies and that they don't want doctors to know how to handle those situations because they aren't cost effective, so when things don't go smoothly a c-section is the way to go. I'm not saying that c-sections aren't a good thing in certain cases but come on...

illustratinloue |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

One of my closest friends was born feet first. This was before ultrasounds, and the hospital was not equipped for a c-section. It almost killed his mother, and he almost died, as well. His mother could have not more children, and he has always felt guilty about it. (His mother is a saint, and he loves her dearly) I am concerned that there are so many woman obsessed with a natural birth, and downplay that actual risks. For 9 months we avoid even a sip of wine, shun certain cheeses and refuse to dye our roots for the good of the baby, just to be safe. Yet for some reason, its perfectly noble to risk the health of the baby in the pursuit of natural birth. I am all for doing everything natural if you can, but there is a reason the infant mortality rate has been greatly reduced in the last 100 years. One of those reasons is medical procedures like c-sections. Also for the PP, when is open abdominal surgery with a longer in hospital recovery time more cost effective than vaginal birth?

katchowski |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

This is to illistratinloue: Though you may be "just amazed at how many of you ladies are just accepting the fact that you are going to have a c-section", those of us that are my postition are not "just accepting" of the idea of a c-section. I am 38 weeks and found out a couple of days ago that our baby is breech. With only about 2 weeks left I don't feel comfortable with ditching my doctor and finding a mid wife to deliver at home. We have not done any research concerning mid wifery nor home birthing. A c-section IS NOT our ideal birth, as we were looking forward to doing everything naturally, however, we understand that I must do what is safest and healthiest for my child at this point. I find it irritating that people assume that everyone is "just accepting" of what situation they are in.

baby gray |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I've been living in a third world country for many years and it is not uncommon for women to die in child birth. They have good midwives but sometimes that is not enough. I have come home to give birth to my child here where I have the option of going to a hospital and I am thankful for the good health care available. Regardless of what you choose natural or hospital your goal should be to have a healthy child. It is a personal choice as to where you have your baby. Personally with my age and being a high risk pregnancy I would not feel comfortable having my baby at home but I have several friends who have and have a helathy baby. A women should not be made to feel bad because she had a c- section or used pain medicine instead of a having a natural birth.

hfilyes |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I was born breech naturally, butt first, my moms first of 3. We ere both fine im 7mos now and my boy h as been breech from the start, I read crawling was a way to turn him, hoping that works, I wanted to do like my mom, if he won't turn, and the drs dont do a version, ill let them do what they must and try not to let it disappoint me

cece1987 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I also have to agree that many of us are not "accepting" the c-section. I personally would absolutely love a natural birth, but my mom had two different pregnancies and deliveries and both babies died after they were born (not still births...they were born alive then hours later died). It's unknown if it's genetic. I can't afford to have an additional risk factors. With this being the safest way to get my baby out I have to put my "experience of childbirth" aside. I think everyone should be able to make the right choice for themselves and not feel guilty about it. Everyone is different and every situation and experience is different. Don't assume anything about other people, just respect them.

TheLoys |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

i had an emergency c-section with my son. i was in labor for 56 hrs and pushed for over 7 hrs. i ended up having to be put under general anesthesia because i was doing it naturally and they didnt have time to put in the epidural. this baby is breech and i wanted to do a vbac but because of the complications with my 1st baby i dont want to take any risks. all i want is a healthy baby and no matter how i have her the end result is the same...a new addition to our family

vmmiller1987 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

Superb casino roulette strategy website is display the info in this website. I online casino roulette guide am very casino slots guide much video pokerslots satisfied by this website casino pokergame online and great free onlinecasino slot games services are check onlinegambling sites visible in this blog playcasino blackjack Thanks a lot casino poker games for using the nice bestcasino slots articles in this website

watson012 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

*I suggest watching the documentary "The Business of Being Born" It will really open your eyes to the truths of natural birth and c-sections

celinajo1985 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I'll be 31 weeks tomorrow and so far my baby is breech. I know I'll have plenty of time for her to turn, but we'll see. I'm not against having a c-section, for it saved my life when my mom was giving birth to me (my cord was wrapped around my neck).

jbutterfly82 |

Q&A: Delivering a breech baby?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and my son is still breach. I will be scheduled for a C-section next week if he stays head up. This is my second child, my first son being born 10 years ago via C-section. I was really hoping to have a vaginal delivery with this one, and I am still hoping he flips at the last minute, but I am being realistic about it. I have been offered the option of a version and I originally said that yes, I was interested. After thinking about it further, it almost seems pointless. My doctor informs me that if the version is successful they will induce me right away to prevent him from turning back to the breach position. Since inductions up the chances of having a C-section by 30 percent anyway, I am better off waiting to see if he turns naturally instead of putting myself and my son through all that trauma. As I said, I wish I could experience the "natural" delivery, but at least I will know what I'm going into with a C-section, during and after. Keeping an open mind and staying positive are definitely the most important things to consider!

ecimino79 |