Birthing Your Baby Breech

So what if…your baby is in a breech position before being born??  What is breech?  According to Wikipedia, “A breech birth is the birth of a baby from a breech presentation.  In the breech presentation the baby enters the birth canal with the buttocks or feet first as opposed to the normal head first presentation.”  Can a mother birth her baby in this position?

This kind of birth is possible, but it can be risky.  Ina May Gaskin, a Midwife who started the homebirthing movement in the United States, does an interview with the New York Times, May 2012. She has delivered thousands of babies in her life time, has written books, and continues educating woman around the world. Gaskin says regarding breech birth, “at first, we brought breech pregnancies to the hospital, but we found after a while that we could deliver them here just fine. Footling breeches, which are thought to be the most difficult, in our experience, they often just slid right out.” She later said,“The main danger with breech babies is that the head, the largest part of baby, is last to come out, so it may get stuck,” she continues, “If the baby has been delivered to the umbilicus, you have five or six minutes before hypoxia sets in, but you don’t want to pull on the head if you can’t see the neck for fear of injuring the baby,” Gaskin said. (Mommy Wars: The Prequel, by Samantha M. Shapiro, May 23, 2012)

The different positions of breech are in the pictures below:

A breech birth is not the ideal situation.  I have often thought, if my baby was in this position, I would try everything I could to turn it to be head down.  In my mind, having the head down is a safer way to birth a baby.  If you feel this way too, here is a great site to give you guidance on how to turn your baby.  This site has a TON of great info on changing the position of your baby in a safe, gentle way.

Spinning Babies

Some other ways to turn your baby:

Chiropractor adjustments

The Wesbster Technique

Visualization

If you are a mother who's baby has not turned, you feel good about delivering breech, and your care provider WILL help you with this kind of birth-check out these amazing breech birth stories.

Birthing Without Fear published a birth story of a woman giving birth naturally, and her baby is breech.  The mother shows an amazing amount of trust in herself, in God, and in her birthing support team.

http://bit.ly/NZpU0B

A Footling Breech Birth-this one has some cool pictures

A Breech birth in Water

My heart is with you as you make the best decision of how to birth your baby.

Fears Can Change Through Positive Affirmations

Since I have chosen a more natural way to have my babies, Many woman ask me, “what if something goes wrong?”

With every pregnancy, new fears and anxieties come up.

What if there is meconium?

What if the cord is around the neck?

What if the baby isn’t breathing?

What if I tear really bad?

What if…?

For some reason, people LOVE to focus on the scary things and the horror stories.  Gather the courage to ask them to please stop telling you the bad things about birth and that you are really working hard to make this a positive experience.

Believe me, when I am pregnant I get many comments that start stirring up the fears.  There have even been times that I will just tell people what they want to hear, so I don’t have to listen their negativity.  The less information I tell them, the better.  You will find out soon enough that the majority of the world is very scared of a natural childbirth.

Over the years, I have learned how to address these fears and not just put them to the side.  Addressing them and creating a resolve, brings peace of mind when you are actually in labor. I have found that the more peace I have during my pregnancy, the more successful I am at having a baby.

I like to come up with Positive Affirmations.

For example:

I prepare for the birth of my baby with confidence and joy.

I am relaxed and happy that my baby is finally coming to me.

I am focused on a smooth, easy birth.

I trust my body to know what to do.

My mind is relaxed; my body is relaxed.

I feel confident;I feel safe; I feel secure.

Before coming up with my affirmations, I write down all my fears.  This helps me to know where to direct my statements.  These can be fears about the birth, fears about a relationship, fears about money, fears about family.  Anything that is bringing you anxiety or stress-those are the areas you should focus on.

Then I write them, with a colorful pen or marker, and put them up where I will see them often.  When I see them, I feel extra strength and power.  Your mind is so powerful and if you allow yourself to work through your fears, you can create the birth you desire.

A short video of beautiful pregnant woman mixed with affirmations.

Writing an Affirmation

  • Be clear and specific.  State exactly what you want.
  • State what you wish to create, not what you want to change.
  • Use the present tense
  • Write affirmations in the positive.
  • The affirmation is written for you and only you.  Be sure to use I.
  • Affirmations are for something you have control over in your life.
  • It is very important to visualize the end result as you say your affirmation.
  • State your Affirmations without doubt
  • Choose Affirmations that resonate with you

These statements have helped me every time!  Try them, they work.