Kate experienced an uneventful pregnancy, until at 38 weeks she discovered her baby was in breech position. She made the empowering decision to have an external cephalic version (ECV) in a hospital, then went on to have a successful homebirth.
Kate Novotny Bio
Kate Novotny currently lives in Dallas, TX. After working as a birth doula, homebirth assistant, and Labor & Delivery Nurse, Kate and her (future) husband found themselves unexpectedly pregnant. They moved from Flagstaff, Arizona to San Diego, California, where they planned to give birth at home. Connect with Kate on Instagram. Read more about Kate: Who I Am and Kate’s Postpartum Story: I Survived Postpartum Depression
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Mary is a mother to five on earth and one in eternity. She works as a certified birth and bereavement doula, birth educator, and as a writer at Better Than Eden. There, she shares about birth, her faith, mothering, homeschooling, miscarriage, raising boys, and more. She is also a featured writer at Elizabeth Ministry International. A theology graduate, she has a passion for helping women experience their God-given “feminine genius” through birth, motherhood, and in the very design of their body. She believes that treating babies and women with the utmost dignity and respect at every moment during pregnancy and birth is necessary for building strong families and a culture of life and love. You can find her writing at Better Than Eden or connect on Facebook and Instagram.
Planned for a hospital vaginal birth (under OB care with an in-house midwife), both boys were head down at 26 weeks; last appointment before induction, both were still head down. Morning of my induction, one last ultrasound was ordered to check positioning, and baby B had flipped and was now breech, and my BP was high (for the first time in my entire pregnancy, but no other signs of pre eclampsia). Several options were presented, but I chose to go forward with induction since there was no true risk to the babies.
I had plans to labor as long as possible with no drugs and was using breathing techniques learned through our birth class and some brief Hypnobirthing reading I had done. Decided on an epidural about 8 hours in to rule out the chance of needing GA if I needed an emergency C section. After 12+ hours of labor, 10 minutes of pushing delivered the boys, both vaginally, in the OR (most twin hospital births happen in the OR) 6 minutes apart; baby B flipped to head down in the labor process, no help needed.
Jillian Mahan Bio
Part time working mom with 17 month old fraternal twin boys living in Texas. Whole fam includes hubby, Ryan; boys Rhett & Rylan, and chocolate lab, Angus. Lived overseas for 5.5 years (Singapore then Scotland) before moving back to Texas about 1/2 way through my pregnancy with the boys.
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After Carolyn found out she was pregnant again at three months postpartum, she and her husband decided to move the family from Washington, DC to Arnold, MD. Sticking with her OB in DC, the plan was to deliver Carolyn’s footling breech baby by scheduled c-section. Plans changed, when her water broke three weeks early. Rushing to get to DC, an hour away, with a breech baby, coupled with contractions both strong and fast, ultimately caused them to detour for an emergency c-section at a much closer hospital. Baby Ophelia was wasting no time—her feet were already on their way out! The hospital staff of all women hustled to get her into surgery for a successful c-section, ending with a happy baby and a happy mom.
Carolyn Setash Bio
Carolyn Setash lives in Arnold, MD with her husband, two daughters Nelly (18 months) and Ophelia (7 months), and their dog Annie. Yes, you read that correctly, these babies are exactly 11.5 months apart. On hiatus from teaching elementary school, Carolyn is currently a stay at home mom. Life with “twins” is hard work, but it’s the kind of work that leaves her endlessly grateful and happy-tired. Carolyn and the girls spend their time reading, playing, dancing, and singing Itsy Bitsy Spider way more times than most would consider an acceptable amount. Whatever keeps the peace, right?
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Vaginal Breech in Bermuda and “Walking Epidural” in Luxembourg
Rachelle O’Neil was living in Bermuda when she was pregnant with her son. She went to the hospital to be induced 7 days after her due date, and 20 min before her son arrived the doctor realized it was his hip coming out rather than his head! Everything went smoothly and she was so happy that she delivered a breech baby vaginally rather than by csection. Rachelle also shares her second birth for which she was living in Luxembourg. She had planned to have a natural birth and although she ended up with a “walking epidural”, she describes it as an amazing euphoric experience. Connect with her on Instagram @roinlux.
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ECV, Bradley Method and Anal Fissure – Three Birth Stories
Natalie’s first baby was a hospital birth with an epidural that she describes as awful, and it ended up with a bad episiotomy. Six weeks postpartum she was still in awful pain; so, her OB sent her to a specialist where she discovered that she had an anal fissure from the episiotomy that was bad enough to require surgery. She had surgery to repair that at 7 weeks postpartum.
Fast forward 3 years, and for her second birth, Natalie used the Bradley method with her husband and a doula for a drug free hospital birth.
Two years later, Natalie was pregnant with her most recent baby, and discovered she was breech at 37 weeks. Natalie shares her experience of having a successful ECV to turn the baby at 38 weeks and then delivering drug free at the hospital one day after her due date.
Natalie Johnson Bio
Natalie Johnson is a wife and stay-at-home mom to Fiona (6), Arthur (3), and Eleanor(1). Natalie has been married to her husband Chris for 8 years. After an epidural/hospital birth, followed by an unmedicated birth, Natalie was excited to experience another unmedicated birth with her third pregnancy. At 37 weeks she found out that her daughter was breech. After much consideration, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and laying upside down for a week, she decided to try an external cephalic version (ECV) in the operating room with an OB at 38 weeks. The version was successful, but it was a very intense and slightly surprising experience.
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