I gave birth to my daughter in December 2020 and I just want to share what an amazing experience I had at the Royal Oldham Hospital Birth Centre.
When I found out that my baby was breech I was extremely worried. The last thing I wanted was to have a section. I had a straightforward, head down water birth with my first baby and I was obviously hoping for the same experience again. The thought of having a section filled me with dread and worry.
When baby failed to turn, I had an ECV at 37 weeks, which was unsuccessful. The consultant who carried out the procedure then informed me straight away, in no uncertain terms, that the only other safe option would be to have a section. The midwife present quickly stepped in and informed me there were other options that could be considered. She then very kindly put me in touch with a specialist breech midwife, Amy Meadowcroft, who luckily worked at the hospital. She was amazing to say the least. She explained to me that a section was not my only option and that I could give birth naturally to my breech baby. As we were both low risk, the risks to my baby from being born breech were incredibly low, the same as a straight forward head down birth. So I decided that this was what I wanted to do. With the constant support of Amy, we made a plan for me to birth naturally at the hospital birth centre.
Baby decided to arrive 8 days before my due date and the labour and birth could not have gone better. I gave birth to my baby girl naturally, bum first, and everything went perfectly. The support I received from Amy and all the staff at the birth centre was just amazing and I couldn’t have done it without them all. So for that I will be eternally grateful.
I just wanted to share my experience with any ladies out there, that may be in the same position as I was, and are worrying about what to do. If it wasn’t for the midwife stepping in, after my ECV, I would have been none the wiser about my options, to an extent, and I would not have been put in contact with my midwife Amy. I just want to say to any ladies in the same position as I was, please ask if there is an experienced breech birth midwife at the hospital or if they know of any at other local hospitals. If you want to go down the vaginal birth route then it is worth fighting for. I am so glad that I did.