Heads Up Breech Birth Study!!
I was mostly-happy with my new OB, who delivered Fiala, who is now 8 months old (after switching OBs at 30 weeks from one I didn’t like, to whom I had switched after my former — beloved — OB retired). However, one thing I wasn’t happy about was that he kept mentioning a possible induction, given the size of all my babies, and the fact that I was at an increased risk for hemmorhaging. I finally made it clear to him that I would rather vaginally birth a 10 lb. breech baby, past term, with no medications, than be induced, and that he was to mention it no further, until I was at a minimum of 42 weeks. Happily, he complied. Happily, too, that wasn’t necessary, as Fiala was born the old-fashioned (non-breech) way at 40 weeks, 2 days.
Still, at some point in my pregnancy (I’ll have to look back on my blog to see exactly when!), Fiala was still breech, so I had started looking into birthing breech. I was fairly alarmed that it appeared to be standard protocol to do a c-section. I knew it was possible to vaginally birth breech, as the sister of a friend birthed her breech baby — I don’t remember the exact term for the birth, but her son was breech, but came out with one foot first, so he came out in the “splits”, one foot first, bottom down, also posterior — face up — all with no medications. 😮 From her birth story, it was a traumatic, painful experience.
By the time I was going to ask my OB about his stance on vaginal breech birth, Fiala flipped. 🙂
One of my very favorite blogs, Stand and Deliver, is written by Dr. Rixa Freeze, a natural childbirth advocate. (She has had two children at home, one unassisted, one with a midwife.) She is starting a study regarding breech birthing in North America.
If you gave birth to a breech baby, or if your baby was breech at some point during pregnancy, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study. Please share this announcement with others who might be interested in participating.
Breech research is often aimed towards health care providers and tends to focus on maternal and fetal health outcomes. Our research explores women’s experiences and feelings about carrying a breech baby; their decision-making process when discovering that their baby was breech; their care providers’ recommendations and protocols for breech birth; and the birth options available to them, from vaginal breech birth to elective cesarean section. We will present the results at the Second International Breech Conference in Ottawa. We also hope to submit an article to a peer-reviewed journal. Participation is confidential.
Who can participate:
All North American women who have had breech pregnancies or births are invited participate in an essay-response survey, which takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. We are interested in participants who had breech pregnancies (breech babies who turned head-down before birth). We would also like to hear from women who have given birth to breech babies, whether vaginally or by cesarean section; with midwives, physicians, or unassisted; at home, in a birth center or in a hospital. We welcome input from both singleton and multiple (twin, triplet, etc) breech pregnancies and births.
How to Participate:
To take the survey, please visit the Breech Pregnancy and Birth Survey.
About the researchers:
Dr. Rixa Freeze has a PhD in American Studies and focuses on childbirth and maternity care. She blogs at Stand and Deliver. Julie Searcy is a PhD candidate at Indiana University with interest in the cultural discourse around birth.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.