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  Breech Presentation - Caesarean operation versus normal birth, by Gina Lowdon
Whether to opt for a caesarean, a trial of labour ending in a vaginal breech extraction, or a natural active breech birth is a very difficult decision for an individual mother, particularly if she is a first time mother.
It is believed that the contractions of labour, together with the passage down the birth canal, help prepare the baby's lungs for breathing air and generally 'wake up' various systems in the body.(9) Babies born by caesarean before the onset of labour have a higher incidence of lung disorders.
One mother who managed to give birth under just such conditions before her attendants were ready, commented to me that she found the stirrups useful because they gave her something to push against and that it would have been better if they'd been padded because they'd hurt her feet.
www.aims.org.uk /Journal/Vol10No3/breechCSvsNormal.htm   (2433 words)

  Breech birth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A breech birth (also known as breech presentation) refers to the position of the baby in the uterus such that it will be delivered buttocks first as opposed to the normal head first position.
Due to the increased pressure during labour and birth, it is normal for the baby's leading hip to be bruised and genitalia to be swollen; this usually resolves shortly after birth.
Birth Attendant's Skill and Experience with Breech Birth The doctor's or midwife's level of skill and number of breech babies' births assisted is of crucial importance.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Breech_birth   (2189 words)

 Vaginal delivery in breech position and breech birth
Under unusual circumstances, as when a second twin is breech or a breech vaginal birth is progressing quickly, a cesarean is neither recommended nor possible.
During a partial breech extraction, a health professional pulls gently downward on the fetus and rotates its body as needed to deliver the shoulders, arms, and head.
During some breech vaginal births, an episiotomy is necessary to enlarge the vagina to help deliver the infant.
www.peacehealth.org /kbase/topic/detail/other/hw180045/detail.htm   (909 words)

 Breech Birth And Other Positions   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
In a complete breech position, he is butt-first with knees bent; in a frank breech, the legs are extended up, with feet near the head; if one leg is lowered over the cervix it is a footling breech.
Breech: You are more likely to have a breech baby if you go into labor prematurely or have an abnormally developed uterus, fibroids, excessive amniotic fluid, more than one baby in the womb, or placenta previa.
Breech: If your baby is in a breech position after 36 weeks gestation, your doctor may attempt to guide the baby into the correct position by pushing gently on your tummy while viewing fetal movement with ultrasound (external cephalic version).
www.umm.edu /pregnancy/labordelivery/articles/breech.html   (883 words)

 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Delivery presentations
This is not considered preferable since this part of the fetal head is not the smallest, thus increasing the difficulty of the birth.
Breech presentation is considered abnormal and occurs about 3% of the time.
A complete breech birth occurs when the buttocks present first, and both the hips and the knees are flexed.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/ency/article/002060.htm   (693 words)

 CIGNA - Vaginal delivery in breech position and breech birth
Under unusual circumstances, such as when a second twin is breech or a breech vaginal birth is progressing quickly, a cesarean is neither recommended nor possible.
During some breech vaginal births, an episiotomy is necessary to enlarge the vagina to help deliver the infant.
Should a breech vaginal labor cause severe problems for the fetus or mother, an emergency cesarean section is done to deliver the fetus.
www.cigna.com /healthinfo/hw180045.html   (1092 words)

 Breech Birth Information on Healthline
Breech birth is the delivery of a fetus (unborn baby) hind end first.
If the baby is born from the breech position, the skull does not have a chance to change shape to fit the pelvis, and it is even more likely to get stuck.
The cause of breech birth is not known.
www.healthline.com /galecontent/breech-birth-1   (1259 words)

 Breech birth
This is because the weight of the baby's head encourages a head down position, and because as the baby grows and takes up more room in the uterus, she or he is less able to move about freely.
Normal vaginal birth should only be attempted if ultrasound shows that the baby is in a favourable breech position.
Most babies will do very well during a breech delivery, but it is always possible that the baby will be injured.
www.mrsci.com /Obstetrics/Breech_birth.php   (2340 words)

 Breech Position and Breech Birth-Topic Overview
In 4% of births, the fetus does not naturally turn late in the pregnancy, instead assuming a breech presentation.
In more than 50% of breech births, there is no apparent cause for the fetus's failure to turn head-down.
Vaginal breech birth risks (for the infant) are lowest when a mother has had two or more vaginal births before.
www.webmd.com /baby/tc/Breech-Position-and-Breech-Birth-Topic-Overview   (680 words)

 eMedicine - Breech Presentation : Article by Richard Fischer, MD
Total breech extraction should be used only for a noncephalic second twin; it should not be used for singleton fetuses because the cervix may not be adequately dilated to allow passage of the fetal head.
Total breech extraction for the singleton breech is associated with a birth injury rate of 25% and a mortality rate of approximately 10%.
Complete breeches and footling breeches are still candidates, as long as the presenting part is well applied to the cervix and both obstetrical and anesthesia services are readily available in the event of a cord prolapse.
www.emedicine.com /med/topic3272.htm   (6495 words)

 Breech Birth
Breech birth occurs when a baby emerges from the birth canal feet first or buttocks first rather than head first.
It is believed by many that breech birth is dangerous because in some cases, after the baby's body has passed through the cervix, the cervix will close around the head, cutting off blood supply and oxygen to the baby.
When a woman sees that her baby is coming out in a breech position, she panics (or has fear instilled in her by her caregiver, who is uncomfortable with delivering a breech) and this causes the cervix to close.
www.unhinderedliving.com /breech.html   (714 words)

 Breech birth- The Doctors Lounge(TM)
Breech birth is a birth in which the fetus's bottom is facing toward the cervix and the vaginal opening, rather than its head, which is the ideal, and usual position for a baby.
As birth has not actually occurred when this situation is discovered, the more accurate term for this situation is breech presentation.
A footling breech is a much rarer situation where the fetus's foot is facing towards the cervix.
www.thedoctorslounge.net /gynecology/diseases/breech.htm   (157 words)

 Campaign for Normal Birth | Normal breech birth
And a normal labour and a spontaneous birth are not excluded just because the presenting part is breech (although not all breeches can or should be born vaginally).
Even though a normal breech birth can be as straightforward and unproblematic as any other normal birth, it is essential that those who practise normal births are skilled, experienced and confident.
Whilst normal breech birth is quite possible, and need not be more difficult than any other birth, midwives (as well as other health professionals) have become very uncertain about it.
www.rcmnormalbirth.net /?sID=1099658440484   (962 words)

 HON Mother & Child Glossary, Presentation & Position of the Foetus
Accounting for about 3 to 4% of all deliveries, the breech birth often involves a longer labour due to the fact that the buttocks does not as easily open the cervix as the head.
A breech presentation may not be discovered until after labour has begun, but where there are no other complications (such as a prolapsed cord) a vaginal birth is possible.
Where a breech presentation or transverse lie position is discovered during pregnancy, it may be possible to rotate the baby to an upright or vertex position using a procedure called external version.
www.hon.ch /Dossier/MotherChild/labor_complications/birth_abnormpos.html   (404 words)

 Francis' Breech Birth
Knowing the Queensland caesarian rate for breech delivery was near 80% and this was my first pregnancy, I feared the worst but apart from the unacceptably long wait of one and a half hours I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
On the negative side, he was not in favour of standing or using a birth stool and was insistent about me being up on the bed, admitting that this was for his comfort.
On the other hand, giving birth in an environment I have always felt extremely uncomfortable in and one in which most of the staff were nervous about breech birth, would make the process more difficult than it needed to be and perhaps lead to unwanted intervention.
www.geocities.com /Wellesley/Garden/3010/clients/breech.html   (1962 words)

 Breech - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
in a breech-loading weapon, the breech refers to the rear portion of the barrel which opens for ammunition loading
Breeches can refer to some types of trousers; this term is older then the deribed meaning 'butt' of the word breech
This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Breech   (129 words)

 Breech Birth - The Birth - Pregnancy Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
A breech birth is when the baby is born feet first.
However, when a baby is born breech it is more likely the delivery will be by caesarean although it is also quite possible for a baby to be delivered through normal labour.
Breech babies are delivered by caesarean when the mother has a small pelvis, as this avoids a difficult and long birth.
www.bambinos.net /the_birth/breech_birth.html   (311 words)

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A birth defect may be the reason they have not moved into the right position before birth.
In a breech birth, the baby's head is the last part to emerge, and it may be harder to ease it through the birth canal.
Breech babies who are premature are often delivered by cesarean birth.
www.pregnancy.org /article.php?sid=1437   (1075 words)

 Prenatal Breech Issues - from Ronnie Falcão's Midwife Archives
Breech Baby Study - This study is for women after they've given birth to a breech baby, whether or not by cesarean.
Her records showed that her baby had been breech or transverse throughout the pregnancy but her midwife had never mentioned this as a problem (last visit with her was at 36 weeks) Again, staying out of the pool coincided with conversion to vertex.
Breech Presentation - This page presents a brief explanation of breech presentation, and outlines a method rooted in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (the Zhiyin method) which encourages the baby in the womb to a normal presentation.
www.gentlebirth.org /archives/breech.html   (9341 words)

 Mothering: The undervalued art of vaginal breech birth: a skill every birth attendant should learn
The birth was to a mother having her first baby She had planned a homebirth, with me as her midwife.
Over the next two years, six more breech babies in our practice were vaginally born at that same hospital, and a surprise breech fell into the hands of my midwifery partner, Pamela Hunt, at the mother's home.
At our local hospital, it appeared that all physicians attending births, whether they were family doctors or obstetricians, were expected to be competent in the art of vaginal breech birth.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0838/is_125/ai_n6116809   (498 words)

 Breech Birth May Discourage Later Pregnancy
But women who suffer the miscarriage of a breech-positioned fetus, or the death of a newborn who presented in buttocks-first position, are just as likely to get pregnant again as women who deliver babies presenting in the normal position, the study's authors report.
Moreover, women who have one breech birth are at least four times more likely to have a subsequent breech birth than women whose babies present in head-first (vertex) position, the researchers report.
Among women whose infants presented in breech position, those who had cesarean deliveries were significantly less likely to get pregnant again than those who had vaginal births, report the researchers, Dr. Lorentz M. Irgens and colleagues at Aker University Hospital in Oslo.
www.personalmd.com /news/a1998090707.shtml   (302 words)

 Encyclopedia of Medicine: Breech birth
Breech birth is the delivery of a fetus (unborn baby) hind end first.
Between 3-4% of fetuses will start labor in the breech position, which is a potentially dangerous situation.
If the baby is born from the breech position, the skull does not have a chance to change shape to fit the pelvis, and it is even more likely to get stuck.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2601/is_0002/ai_2601000237   (517 words)

 Breech Birth by Pregnancy Weekly
If your baby is in the incomplete breech position (one or both of your baby's knees or legs is the part of him closest to your vagina) or complete breech positions (the baby is sitting cross-legged) it will make vaginal delivery all but impossible.
Doctors and midwives without a lot of experience with breech births may be uncomfortable with a vaginal delivery.
If you have delivered vaginally before, don't have a history of giving birth to big babies, and your baby isn't in the incomplete or complete breech position, your doctor or midwife may be more likely to give a vaginal birth the go ahead.
www.pregnancyweekly.com /pregnancy_information/breech.htm   (672 words)

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