Tag: breech

Consent For a Forced Cesarean

If you’re pregnant with a breech baby, twins or if you have had a prior cesarean, you will most likely be met with resistance or down right denial of attempt to delivery your child(ren) vaginally. You are coerced into agreeing to a cesarean because you have no other choice. Doctors and hospital staff tell you it’s dangerous to attempt a vaginal delivery with a breech baby, twins or a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC). They often make decisions based on fear – not statistics. OB’s often handle emergencies in birth and unfortunately will then treat a low risk...

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You need Dr. Stu in your life

As a birth worker, I am always looking to keep updated on not only evidence based birth related information, but anecdotal evidence and legal rights in pregnancy and labor.  I want to know what has worked for families in order to best support their needs. Unfortunately, some people want to discredit doulas and midwives simply because we haven’t had medical training (as if attending thousands of births means nothing).  So having a doctor that thinks like a midwife would be ideal for most parents, however most doctors practice in the Medical Model of Care, as opposed to the Midwifery...

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Clinical Trial Using a Rebozo to Turn Breech Babies is Underway

A new clinical trial using a rebozo to turn breech babies is underway. When your baby is breech your doctor is probably going to present you with a plan to do a cesarean section.  But there’s a couple things you can try. First, your doctor can try what’s called an “external cephalic version” which is where he or she tries to manually turn your baby.  “External” means the doctor places his hands on the outside of your belly. Another way is to use a rebozo.  A rebozo is a long shawl traditionally worn by Hispanic women and can be used during labor by doulas to help with comfort measures.  But there’s a growing trend of using the rebozo to help turn breech babies.  That’s what this clinical trial is all about. All of the doulas in AVBRN are familiar with using a rebozo to help with comfort measures and a few have formal training.  In fact, the very popular Spinning Babies techniques by Gail Tully makes use of the rebozo. Prescribing the use of a rebozo to facilitate an external cephalic version is outside the scope of practice for a birth doula.  However, your rebozo and Spinning Babies trained birth doula can discuss the procedure with you and your doctor and see if it could be of benefit. Source: Rebozo and External Cephalic Version in Breech Presentation. – Full Text View –...

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