“C-sections shouldn’t be ‘automatic’ for breech births, Canadian doctors say”
I can’t believe that since the year 2000, every woman with a breech baby gets cut open. They thought it was safer. I am so glad that it’s finally being concluded that it’s not necessarily true.
But there are still 2 main problems.
First, and this is the smaller of the two, not everyone agrees with this yet. But, I think it will come soon.
The bigger problem lies with the short-sightedness of the medical community.
Nobody has regularly delivered breech babies naturally for so long, that nobody knows how. They don’t get trained to do it. So, even those who might be willing have no skill. Some do, and have, but it’s a small group. And depending where you live, there may be laws against it.
Here in Israel, it is illegal to have a breech delivery at home. So the midwives won’t do it; they’d lose their licenses. And they haven’t been trained for it, anyway. The only option for someone like me (if my baby doesn’t turn) is to go to the hospital. At the hospital, they want to automatically cut me open, and not even try to deliver naturally. I can choose a hospital where they have more doctors who do deliver breeches, and refuse a C-section, and pray that they will not automatically cut.
But it’s a crappy position to be in.
If I lived in many other places, especially in Europe, there would be midwives who would be happy and confident to help me birth this baby at home, as I’d like to.
For now, I’ll keep going to the chiropractor and hanging upside down. And pray that she turns.
Here’s the link to the article from Canada: http://bit.ly/6Cb3k