A midwife and "Birthing From Within" mentor, I am passionate about informed decision making and helping moms and partners birth in awareness. My blog chronicles my journey from cesarean to vaginal birth after cesarean and my quest for information to help families have EMPOWERING births.
Well of course they should! My sweet husband sent me a link to this informative article this morning:
Breech birth women 'choice call' Pregnant women should be offered an alternative to caesareans if they are facing breech births, experts say. Good to know people are talking about this. I mean, what are people going to do about surprise breech when there are no doctors left with breech experience? Shove the baby back up the birth canal and perform a cesarean? One thing I would like to mention. The article recommends against doing external cephalic version or ECV (attempting to turn the baby from breech to head down) unless an emergency cesarean can be performed. Many midwives successfully attempt ECV out of the hospital. According to Henci Goer, who has done an enormous amount of evidence-based research, "studies agree that ECV is safe and effective when practiced as directed, but that overly forceful manipulations can be extremely dangerous."1 So no need for a surgical team to be standing by, just find yourself a competent practitioner.
Henci Goer, The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth (New York, New York, The Berkley Publishing Group, 1999), 38.