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Asked by Anonymous:
If my baby is breech, is there absolutely NO chance that I could have a water birth?
I wouldn’t say there’s no chance, but it’s really up to your provider. If you’re in a hospital it is really unlikely that you’d be able to give birth in the water if you had a breech baby - in fact, it’s even unlikely that they’d let you give birth vaginally at all if your baby is breech.
If you’re in a birth center or at home, it’s the sort of thing you’ll need to discuss with your midwife.
Here’s why we’re sensitive about breech births:
The safest way to give birth is when the baby’s head is down and its butt or feet are up. This is called “Vertex” position. When the baby is opposite, with head up and butt down, that is called “breech”.
Up until recently, all babies were delivered vaginally unless an emergency was discovered, and a cesarean section was called for. In the year 2000, a massive study was undertaken that showed in its results that babies in breech position were at a much higher risk for birth injuries and death when they were delivered vaginally versus with a planned cesarean section. [X]
Immediately almost all hospitals changed their practice guidelines, requiring all previously identified breech position babies to be delivered via c-section, rather than vaginally. However, the jump was a little premature. While it still is the pervading culture to think breech=c/section, re-investigation of the data that was used for the study mentioned above showed that it was seriously flawed. It has become clear in following studies and follow-up studies that the vaginal birth of a breech baby does not in-and-of-itself hold higher risk than a cesarean section of that same baby. However, there are certain conditions that can lead to a baby being in breech position that can also increase that baby’s risk for injury or death. That means that while the birth itself isn’t causing an increase in risk, the same condition that caused the baby to be in breech position to begin with might also increase the baby’s risk.
It’s an uphill battle now, trying to convince everyone who so quickly and easily decided to switch from vaginal to c/section only to switch back again. It’s a slow process, but the culture is changing.
Delivering a breech baby is a very difficult task. There are a lot of things that can go wrong, so I would ONLY want to give birth vaginally to a breech baby if my provider was extremely skilled. I would make sure that they had delivered breech babies before and that they had an extensive back-up plan.
Look around and ask different providers what they could offer you, and whether or not they would feel safe delivering a breech baby in the tub. It’s not impossible, it will just take more skill and more confidence.
And here we go, birth junkies - want to see some fun, graphic, NSFW breech birth photos? See below the cut.
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