Also, I've noticed a trend on A Baby Story that once a mom's labor goes over 12 hours, they talk her into a section, or some pitocin. They are always saying that the labor is just not progressing as fast as they would like. My mom said she had contractions for over 70 hours with me before I was ready to be pulled out with the forceps. Now days, they would have long before put her out of her misery with a section. I did end up with neck issues in the form of having the cartilage between my 3rd and 4th vertibrae diminished, but I was not breech.
My first was a breech. I opted for the manual turning. They monitored the baby very closely in the process. It didn't hurt very much, but my daughter went into distress in the process and we had an immediate c-section. Unfortunately, I had a bad reaction to anesthesia and developed a spinal headache. Horrible experience.... I definitely want a vbac this time, but not sure if my hospital does it...
We all learn from our own experiences, i personally prefer vaginal birth, i was lucky to have given birth both times vaginally, but if for what ever reason i had to have a cs, im just glad its available, safety of our babies comes first.
My mom told me this story about how one of the ladies she knew when living in Peru had a breech baby and the midwife told the lady to run around the table clockwise 8 times to turn it...and it worked! lol.
My son was breech. I tried ECV but it didn't work - the doctor thought that the position of the placenta was in his way and stopping him from turning. I didn't find the ECV particularly painful although definitely uncomfortable. I had a planned C-section which thankfully went very smoothly and I had a very good recovery. I was devastated at the time but I do think that it was the right decision. My OH's brother was an undiagnosed breech delivery and he was oxygen-deprived during the birth and has very severe cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound and cannot feed himself or speak. So for me, a C-section seemed like the safer option for baby even though I was really upset at the time and it wasn't the birth that I would have wanted.
Breech is another variation of normal, people have become sacred of it because so few practitioners will advocate it is being normal but with different risks to baby. They opt for CS because to the practitioners it seems more controlled.
I had a young registrar who did the c section, she told me she could do a frank breech vaginal birth but didn't want to risk a footling breech. I admired her honesty. But breech birth are very possible. I've watched a few online x
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