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    Default No more automatic c-sections for breech birth

    The Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Canada released a new guideline on vaginal breech births. It is a start and I am really happy to see this turn of events.

    June 17, 2009 | No more automatic C-section for breech births, says Ob/Gyn Society | Media Advisories | Media Centre | SOGC

    You can access the full guideline at the bottom of the media advisory.

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    how neat!

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    awesome!

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    Since not all care providers are skilled at providing vaginal breech births, it maybe worthwhile to ask if your provider is capable when you are looking for a Dr/OB just in case your baby turns out to be breech. Midwives will most likely refer you to a Dr. who is capable if it breech birth is necessary, so it is less of an issue when choosing a midwife.

    Hopefully this will be less of an issue in the future as Drs will be trained in the techniques of breech births again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doulamom View Post

    Hopefully this will be less of an issue in the future as Drs will be trained in the techniques of breech births again.

    Or maybe midwives will specialize in this and then OBs can refer breech births to the experts in not interferring in birth, which is, from what I've read of those who ARE still experts in breech birth is the way they should be handled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecate View Post
    Or maybe midwives will specialize in this and then OBs can refer breech births to the experts in not interferring in birth, which is, from what I've read of those who ARE still experts in breech birth is the way they should be handled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecate View Post
    Or maybe midwives will specialize in this and then OBs can refer breech births to the experts in not interferring in birth, which is, from what I've read of those who ARE still experts in breech birth is the way they should be handled.

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    True! My midwife was pre-regulation for midwives (old school) and she had attended many breech births prior to regulation. She so badly wished she could help me birth M. when she was breech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doulamom View Post
    Since not all care providers are skilled at providing vaginal breech births, it maybe worthwhile to ask if your provider is capable when you are looking for a Dr/OB just in case your baby turns out to be breech.
    Would this actually make that much difference? My OB is very skilled at delivering breech babies vaginally.... but it didn't help me a bit when I went into labour in the middle of the night and the resident-on-call realized (as I hit 10cm) that the baby was breach and he'd “need to knock me out and do an emergency c-section“.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybean View Post
    Would this actually make that much difference? My OB is very skilled at delivering breech babies vaginally.... but it didn't help me a bit when I went into labour in the middle of the night and the resident-on-call realized (as I hit 10cm) that the baby was breach and he'd “need to knock me out and do an emergency c-section“.
    True - but at least if your care provider does do breech births you won't automatically be scheduled for c-section before you go into labour.

    Sorry that happened to you. I can understand your frustration.
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    I'm glad to hear this. My sister had a vaginal breech birth almost nine years ago and everything went great for her. I'm not sure what the guidelines were nine years ago but the on-call doctor was going to do a section and then her doctor came in and said nope she can do it vaginally. She was VERY happy with her doctor for stepping in.
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    That's awesome news but I wish elective c-sections weren't an option...

    Anyhow, just to clarify, it depends on the breech position that baby is in before a Dr can clear. I know my Uncle's wife couldn't delivery breech, her's was a footling, one foot was hanging though

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    Quote Originally Posted by MomTo3 View Post
    That's awesome news but I wish elective c-sections weren't an option...

    Anyhow, just to clarify, it depends on the breech position that baby is in before a Dr can clear. I know my Uncle's wife couldn't delivery breech, her's was a footling, one foot was hanging though
    My sister's baby had his feet up so he came out bum first. I remember his bum was black and blue for days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MomTo3 View Post
    That's awesome news but I wish elective c-sections weren't an option...

    Anyhow, just to clarify, it depends on the breech position that baby is in before a Dr can clear. I know my Uncle's wife couldn't delivery breech, her's was a footling, one foot was hanging though
    It does depend on the breech presentation of the baby as well as a number of other restrictions. With a footling breech they could still try an external cephalic version (process to turn or manipulate position of the baby in utero) to bring the feet up so that they could then do a vaginal birth. This is what they suggested doing for me when my baby was a footling breech.
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    Yay for this!!! Woop woop!
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