Yes. In selected situations, it may be entirely appropriate to deliver your breech baby normally.
How will you know if the baby is breech?
Guy and our practice midwives will be able to tell you. If Guy discovers your baby is breech in the final months of your pregnancy, he will arrange an ultrasound to try and identify the cause.
Even if the cause is not apparent, he’ll be able to talk you through your options and help you make the decision you’re most comfortable with, for you and your baby.
Having a vaginal breech birth
If you do plan on having a vaginal breech birth, you’ll be offered many of the same pain relief options as any other expectant mother.
Your baby’s heart rate will be monitored. And Guy will talk you through each step of the birth. If, at any stage, he believes you should have an emergency caesarean, you will be the first to know.
Chances of another breech baby
If you have a breech birth, there is a higher chance your next birth will also be breech. This will depend on the shape of your uterus or another underlying condition (like fibroids).
Once you have recovered, it can be a good idea to have Guy investigate these through an ultrasound. He can talk you through the reasons behind breech presentations and help you determine what, if anything, would be the best course of action for you.
There are two considerations Guy looks for with a breech birth.
Will the baby’s head pass through the birth canal easily?
Will the baby’s umbilical cord get entangled in the lower limbs?
If the answer to either of these questions is yes, Guy may recommend a caesarean section.
It’s important to know, a breech birth does not indicate there is anything wrong with your baby – it is simply where your baby settled in the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
No. Breech births are offered the same pain relief as vaginal births.