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Breech Baby = Cesarean?

Posted Jan 12 2010 3:16pm

I am busy figuring out my Hypno-Doula Statistics.  This year I had 10 doula clients.  3 of them had breech babies!

They all had cesareans.  2 attempted ECV, 1 the breech baby was discovered when she was 6cm.

None of the moms were presented with an option of vaginal birth.  That is getting rarer and rarer since the 2000 study on breech birth came out.   The Washington Post had an article looking at this position of an automatic cesarean if your baby is breech. They talk about a newer study showing that for some moms breech birth is as safe as a cesarean.    The problem is getting OBs and hospitals on board.  Canada has made the shift.  At the very least moms should be given the information and allowed to choose, rather than not being presented with a choice at all.

Breech babies account for between 3 and 4 percent of full-term pregnancies worldwide, according to the 2000 study.

So that is pretty crazy I had 3 moms out of 10 doula clients, with breech babies this year.  2 were in the same week.

I think one of the biggest problems is that now care providers are not even being trained in breech births.  This is a HUGE problem.  At some point there may not be time for a cesarean and they should at least know what to do.

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