A planned unassisted footling breech birth at home!
An amazing sequence of photos showing a hands-off hands-and-knees breech birth with the baby’s knee presenting first. Delayed cord clamping allows the cord to refill after being stretched during the birth.
“They assured her that the epidural tube was not connected, and told her she had to trigger another pushing wave. They told me to kiss Nicole, to try and help the process, because kissing can promote the release of oxytocin, which stimulates uterine contractions. And so, with about a dozen people around the operating table, I started making out with my wife. ”
“My double footling baby B from my triplet home birth in 2006.”
“Max is the one on the right with the little purple foot. His one foot was fairly bruised from funky positioning for a few days.”
Home breech birth 2003
“After ten hours, I went into the birthing pool (cow trough) and began second stage. I found the pushing more challenging than my other births, however in the end I birthed my baby who was born doing the splits with the longest umbilical cord ever ( I still feel if I had done the ECV she could have knotted her cord)”
“I am so grateful to the wonderful midwife who allowed me to birth at home. The experience was empowering and inspiring and I hope more people come to realize that breech is a variation of normal.”
A planned frank breech home birth in water.
“I knew I had a little girl at this point but her head was yet to be born. I also knew we were at the ‘three minute critical phase’ – she had to come out within three minutes as the placenta usually detaches once the body is born. I had no contractions at this point, was exhausted, but pushed for all I was worth anyway. The midwife inserted her little finger into my daughter’s mouth and lifted the body while I pushed and she was born – with the placenta on her head!”
“It was the single most empowering moment of my life – even now 17 years later!”