Tanya Villano of Belly Art. The mom casually said that, when she woke that morning, she felt her baby in a new position, well, we really found the baby in a new position!
So today I tagged along to her prenatal appointment (with another dynamic midwife, this time in the midwest!). I just loved coming along to see her midwife's first look at her now slightly fading portrait. The smile quickly erupted into a gentle exclamation of "Oh, I hope I don't find the baby is breech!"
We fully expect this baby to flip back head down again, as her two older siblings were breech until 38 weeks. But after the appt., her sister asked, what would she do if the moxibustion, chiropractic, inversions and talking to the baby AND the external cephalic version didn't work?
The idea that the baby might not flip surprised her sister.
Like so many women at the end of pregnancy (3-4%) are surprised and seemingly thrown off course when they are suddenly making huge decisions on how to birth their breech baby.
There is so much more than watching a video, but here are some links I sent along to the first midwife.
Among these you will see three types of breech birth: Mother on her hands-and-knees and no one touching the baby so that the physiological spiraling of the baby is undisturbed; Mother on her back and the doctors extracting the baby and trying their best to imitate nature without hurting the baby (a common cause of breech birth injuries); and a cesarean breech birth. Cesareans are done for most breech births in this country, but there is statistics to show that long term outcomes of breech babies are just as good if babies are born vaginally to well-screened women with well-trained and experienced providers. I have a breech bibliography posted at SpinningBabies.com
How about the Australian decision making breech video blog? A Breech in the System,
(Nicole has a copy, but you can download it from the internet, also)
Lisa Barrett's blog has a great homebirth video
My YouTube has one nice hands off one,
And my discussion on vaginal breech birth: