Most babies move into delivery position a few weeks prior to birth, situating their heads closer to the birth canal.
However, 3-5% of pregnant women at full term (roughly 1 out of 25 full-term births) experience a breech baby, meaning the baby’s buttocks and/or feet are in position to be delivered first.
Babies in this “breech presentation” are usually born via cesarean section because it’s considered to be safer than a vaginal birth. And because this has been the case so often in developed countries, doctors and midwives lose the precious skills and experience necessary to safely assist a woman laboring with a breech birth.
Karyn Loftesness is a mom-of-four and birth photographer who deftly captures different types of births with the hopes of educating and empowering others through her awe-inspiring images.
So when she witnessed the vaginal breech birth of little baby Silas, she felt compelled to make a special post on her website:
“We feel strongly that they need to be shared to help spread knowledge and awareness about the normalcy and safety of breech birth with a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced provider.”
The lost art of the vaginal breech birth
Source: Karyn Loftesness Photography
“Raychel had planned to birth her fourth baby, Silas, at home. Only four days before her due date, she found out he was frank breech.”
Karyn goes on to explain how although there was a program at a hospital in Portland allowing vaginal breech deliveries, Raychel did not have very much time to switch providers.
With a history of short labors, Raychel didn’t want there to be in a situation where she got stuck in motorway traffic for hours at a critical stage.
But as Karyn writes, “Luckily, her midwives are very skilled and experienced in breech birth, so she felt comfortable proceeding with a home birth.”
This time around with Silas, Raychel found her labour was taking a long time – and she gave him a pep talk, which coincidentally, seemed to get things moving.
Please go to Irish Mirror to read the rest of the article. You can see more of the breech birth photos at the link here.
Original Image Source: Karyn Loftesness Photography