Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Be part of a breech study

Heads Up! Study on Breech Pregnancy and Birth
If you gave birth to a breech baby, or if your baby was breech at some point during pregnancy, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study. Please share this announcement with others who might be interested in participating.
Research goals:
Breech research is often aimed towards health care providers and tends to focus on maternal and fetal health outcomes. Our research explores women�s experiences and feelings about carrying a breech baby; their decision-making process when discovering that their baby was breech; their care providers' recommendations and protocols for breech birth; and the birth options available to them, from vaginal breech birth to elective cesarean section. We will present the results at the International Breech Conference in Ottawa. We also hope to submit an article to a peer-reviewed journal. Participation is confidential.
Who can participate:
All North American women who have had breech pregnancies or births are invited participate in an essay-response survey, which takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. We are interested in participants who had breech pregnancies (breech babies who turned head-down before birth). We would also like to hear from women who have given birth to breech babies, whether vaginally or by cesarean section; with midwives, physicians, or unassisted; at home, in a birth center or in a hospital. We welcome input from both singleton and multiple (twin, triplet, etc) breech pregnancies and births.

How to Participate:
To take the survey, please visit the Breech Pregnancy and Birth Survey (
About the researchers:
Dr. Rixa Freeze has a PhD in American Studies and focuses on childbirth and maternity care. She blogs at Stand and Deliver. Julie Searcy is a PhD candidate at Indiana University with interest in the cultural discourse around birth.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Natural still better after cesarean...

Janna Farley wrote an excellent article on the high value of vaginal birth after a previous cesarean (VBAC). Her article caught my attention because one of the mother's interviewed describes her cesarean as necessary for a posterior baby who didn't descend in labor. I address this very issue in my chin tucking article under Baby Positions on the Spinning Babies Website. Here's the description from the article:

The 32-year-old Sioux Falls mom was a good candidate for a VBAC. She had an unplanned C-section with her first child after 24 hours of labor because he was in the posterior position. "He never really descended into my pelvis," she says.

Did her homework

When she was pregnant with her second child, Redetzke considered a VBAC but did her research.

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.