“After some thought we decided to have the c-sec. I had done no research on the topic and my beautiful home birth was gone to be replaced by a major surgery I knew nothing about! Some googling happened that evening.”
Our breech baby Jennifer born by c section.
Had hoped for vaginal breech but new decisions needed to be made as not in a good enough position for me to feel confident with vaginal delivery, back to back footling breech.
At consent form signing with consultant he offered me another chance to try and turn baby under the spinal and if she turned to break my waters and transfer to DS for a natural birth allowing the spinal to wear off. Overjoyed to get another ECV and at least a chance for a vaginal birth. Baby didn’t turn with 3 attempts so proceeded with C/S.
Had radio station of my choice, all the staff picked up on my desire for a joyful relaxed environment and each and everyone of them contributed to making it the amazing experience that it turned out to be. The consultant asked if we wanted to see her being born and the screens were dropped, we saw our baby gently eased from within me, her little bum first, she came out so gently and easily. The consultant handed her directly to me, she was pink apgar 9 at 1 min. I held her against my chest with my cord still intact. We were both covered with dry towels and I rubbed her all over talking to her, she breathed without support or assistance in under a minute. Within the next 30 seconds she searched out my breast and latched herself on. Weighing etc was delayed until I was ready. I had delayed cord clamping and cut my baby’s cord after about 5 mins.
The staff were amazing it was an atmosphere of calm celebration and I felt so involved. I was fine throughout and the anesthetiser then took photos of us all together. My baby never lost her connection with me, she was on my breast feeding and I cut her cord. The staff took great care to involve my husband.
I really didn’t want a c/s felt it would be clinical and that I’d be detached from it. My experience has left me with nothing but joy. My consultant (University Hospital North Stafford) had been fully supportive during my pregnancy and there is nothing more I could have asked for or expected, he made the birth of our baby unique and so personal for us and the theatre team were also amazing. We are blessed to have our beautiful daughter she is feeding so well and I believe this is wholly contributed to her being left to do what nature intended.
A story of three cesareans, the first for breech
“I am not afraid to say I was depressed. It was hard. It took one day a few WEEKS later for something to click. He was crying, and when I picked him up, he stopped, and looked at me and a calmness came over me and him. I was his momma. No one else. I was all he had.”
A planned c-section for an awkward breech with one foot up and one foot down, and a family history of breech (with a video):
“I don’t feel guilty about doing it, though. There were no doctors or midwives on the island who would deliver a breech baby. Giving her position, I wasn’t going to risk doing it by myself. In the head, we weighed our options and felt fairly in control of the whole process. Still, I feel some disappointment in missing out of the experience that I was envisioning, though I hope with our next baby we can have a home birth after cesarean.”
How does it feel to be left with no option but a c-section for breech when you planned a home birth?
“I spent every day I had a breech baby trying to turn her–and my mind–around. I would wake in the morning, remember I was headed toward cesarean, and cry in my bed. One day my two year old lay next to me, put her hands on either side of my face and said, solemnly, “Sad Mama.” Sad, indeed. And confused, lonely, and very stressed.”
“I don’t have the answers. Especially not for you. I do believe it should be easier to find information, and that there should be more choices in childbirth. It’s not OK that breech is an automatic cesarean when even ACOG recommends vaginal breech birth in select cases. In cases of surprise breech, it’s not OK that no one knows what to do. Someone as highly trained as an obstetrician should be able to handle such things. They can’t do so by training exclusively on pelvic models, although that would be a start. Someone has to have a vaginal breech birth for them to witness. Someone has to be at that birth as the expert attending. And someone has to have a breech baby and want that birth.”