Thursday, June 18, 2009

Canada recommends vaginal breech birth

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecology Canadian has switched to supporting vaginal breech birth. The next step for Canada is to train their doctors to catch babies who come butt or feet first. Read Carla Wintersgill's article

"C-section not best option for breech birth

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada will launch program to teach physicians breech vaginal delivery"

at Globe Life/Health

This decision comes after research analysis refutes the "Term Breech Trial." Canada listens to the statistics.
America? You on? Well, parents will have to make American physicians pay attention.

What's even more fun than this wonderful news? That the guidelines were released the same day I get to be present at a hospital breech birth! As the photographer for this lovely family I got a moment to check my emails and read of the guidelines.
My midwife partner is the doula. When the parents found out their baby was breech, and remained so after three manual versions, they opted to change care providers - and states - to labor for a vaginal breech birth. At this moment, the mom is 8+ cm and is relaxing in the bath.

There are physicians here and there that have breech skills (actually, Dr. Dennis Hartung is right here!). Dr. Hartung is squatting on the floor listening through the crack in the bathroom door to the mother breathing through her labor. He is waiting for the catch in the breath that signals the urge to push. The lights are low...

1 comment:

Karin Ecker said...

hi, i had a breech birth and made a film about it. This i want to share with the world:

A BREECH IN THE SYSTEM. A woman wants to give birth to her breech baby in a hospital. They say she has to have a caesarean section. This is an inspiring documentary about her to attempt to birth naturally against all odds.

Karin Ecker’s interest in social issues has brought her international credits for her filmmaking plus photographic art. From filming European children exploring environmental issues in the Bahamas to physically handicapped people scuba diving in the Egyptian Sea, she now brings her lens to the issue of childbirth choices in Australia.
She intends to use this film as a tool to support the voice of ‘woman’.

Prepare to be moved by this intelligent and poignant film about one woman's birth journey with a breech pregnancy and breech birth. Experience the fear, anticipation, support and birth outcomes when you are clear about your boundaries and in touch with your inner voice in pregnancy. The role that care givers have in a woman's birth is highlighted beautifully, ensuring this is must see film for all midwives, doulas and especially obstetricians.
This production is excellent making the film a joy to watch. I can best describe this film as a vital and stunning contribution for all humankind allowing us all to witness with absolute clarity the entry to our world of one human soul in a unique way.

Jannine Barron, Nature’s Child

Changing the Earth by supporting Birth

Mothers bring forth life; medical corporations do not. Birth can be simple, powerful and loving. Fetal positioning, natural birthing and practical help for normal birth.