The Empowered Birth Project shares some stunning birth videos and images. This breech birth video is really quite amazing.
The video shared to their Instagram page was captioned: “Feet first, this is such a tender moment of mama reaching down and touching her baby’s toes for the first time… and how about that clear birthing tub?”
Another video of a breech birth also shared on The Empowered Birth Project Captioned: ” I might be a tad obsessed with breech births … but as any mother with a breech baby on board knows, the path to an unhindered breech birth is fraught.
“Breech skills are on the decline and in many situations, the ONLY option offered to women is caesarean. Especially if you’re a FIRST TIME mother!
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“Joanna Shanir planned a homebirth for her first baby – but when her babe seemed certain to remain breech, she found that her beloved midwife was not allowed to attend her at home.
“In hospital, Johanna was told that her baby had “low fluids” and that her baby would die if she didn’t immediately consent to a caesarean. Johanna then promptly signed herself out against medical advice and left the hospital.
“WHY would she do such an apparently fool-hardy thing? Because she could feel her baby moving normally and vigorously and knew he was healthy.
“Miracle of miracles, she found a DOCTOR who was willing to attend her at home for a breech birth, and agreed that her baby was moving well and coping well.
“A million views later, and a truck-load of opinions lobbed from all directions, the saying comes to mind, “those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those doing it.” Baby Eden’s APGARS were 9 and 10.”
Breech births occur in approximately 1 out of 25 full-term births.
Most health care providers do not believe in attempting a vaginal delivery for a breech position. However, some will delay making a final decision until the woman is in labour.
The following conditions are considered necessary in order to attempt a vaginal birth:
•The baby is full-term and in the frank breech presentation
•The baby does not show signs of distress while its heart rate is closely monitored.
•The process of labour is smooth and steady with the cervix widening as the baby descends.
•The health care provider estimates that the baby is not too big or the mother’s pelvis too narrow for the baby to pass safely through the birth canal.
•Anaesthesia is available and a caesarean delivery possible on short notice
What are the risks and complications of a vaginal delivery?
In a breech birth, the baby’s head is the last part of its body to emerge making it more difficult to ease it through the birth canal. Sometimes forceps are used to guide the baby’s head out of the birth canal. Another potential problem is cord prolapse.
In this situation the umbilical cord is squeezed as the baby moves toward the birth canal, thus slowing the baby’s supply of oxygen and blood. In a vaginal breech delivery, electronic foetal monitoring will be used to monitor the baby’s heartbeat throughout the course of labour. A caesarean delivery may be an option if signs develop that the baby may be in distress.
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