Many maternity care-providers do not support vaginal breech birth and will advise a planned caesarean section at 38 or 39 weeks if your baby does not turn. This is partly because most obstetricians and midwives do not possess skills in vaginal breech birth and so they are unable to offer this option safely.
However, depending on various maternal and foetal factors, vaginal breech birth is not necessarily any riskier than caesarean section, particularly with the support of an experienced attendant. You might therefore approach a doctor or midwife with skills in vaginal breech birth (and who therefore is less likely to be biased in favour of caesarean section) and ask for their advice on whether you would be a good candidate for a ‘trial of labour’.
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Birthready helps facitliate an evening of open discussion and peer sharing and learning for expectant and new parents, (women and men). In a friendly environment we support each other to share our birth and life stories, questions, ideas, wisdom and resources. We troubleshoot our challenges by hearing each others perspecives and explore ways to manage our challenges. This is a facilitated process that uses group discussion, movies, handouts, hands on practices and what ever comes up in the group to explore how we can be happier, healthier human beings during the pregnancy to early parenting time.
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