I would like to think that this will be
the most popular page of this entire site. Breech birth is becoming less common.
The attitude towards vaginal breech birth varies around the globe.
With the advent of Hannah's "Term
Breech Trial" calling physicians to perform cesarean for
the breech presenting baby, many of them birth attendants in certain parts of
the world are losing the ability to attend a
vaginal breech birth. I hope that by viewing these pictures you
will find your way in making your choice for birthing your breech baby. The
conduct of a breech birth is highly dependant on the attending "catcher". Reflect
on the differences of the births you are about to view and note who is
attending which birth, and in which country it is occurring.
Many of these
births you are about to view are graphic pictorials of emerging
babies. Many of the pictures are close up.
Some pictures and pages have been removed due to the fact
that unsavory characters have been stealing the images. Please bear with me
me while I put protection in place to preserve the ability to view these
pictures without anyone stealing them or using them in an "inappropriate
The birth that
started it all.
of pictures was taken from the video of my labor and birth of my
breech baby. Please note the calm atmosphere. I had only my own
personal team attending to me. The hospital staff were very much off
side and only doing minimal monitoring until baby was on the perineum.
Please read her story here.
The Birth of
planned home birth. The mother births this 8 pound 10 ounce
baby into her hands in the upright position. The mother rejoices
afterwards saying.... "That was fun Honey, when can we have another"
birth is a wonderful pictorial of a very "hand off" breech birth.
This is a wonderful
pictorial of a footling breech with the mom birthing on her hands and
knees. This birth is attended by three experienced midwives at home.
During the last
stage of the birth, the intact membranes containing amniotic fluid bulge
from the birth canal, and the baby begins to be born surrounded by the
This is a
pictorial of a breech birth that is very medically managed. Involved
in this birth are: a generous episiotomy with the baby being
"delivered" with forceps. These pictures are not for the
squeamish. The only part of the woman viewed is her crotch, as if the
rest of her does not matter. Very textbook and sterile with all
the draping of a very medicalized birth.
Breech Baby on New Years Day
This baby was
born at 12:30 AM on 1-1-04. She was a frank breech born to a
third time mom. Mom was sectioned for breech with her first
baby, had a birth center vertex water birth with the second. This
mom is well-informed, is a doula, and made an educated choice
to have this baby at home.
want a cesarean, which she was being told by all other traditional caregivers.
Home birth. Second
baby comes footling breech.
Footling Breech Birth
medicalized birth. This is how the typical vaginal breech is managed.
There are plenty of drapes and all the focus is on performing
"maneuvers" to get the baby out. Again forceps are
used as two attendants manipulate this babe's entry into the outside
world. To view this birth one must scroll a fair ways down the
page. All pictures are in full color.
Upright Vaginal Breech
Once at this site you must follow
the progression to the "birthing images" page (link on left hand side of
screen) and then link to the "breech birth".
This shows a very nice
progression of a breech birth. The mother is sitting on a very special
birth chair. Just goes to show that it can be done. And without a lot of
This is a very graphic birth
This is a hospital birth. The
pictures are very graphic in nature. The physician is very hands on as
well. This birth can described as a
Faeryn's Birth Story