Scheduled Cesarean Birth for Breech Baby During COVID-19 Pandemic

Gwenyth was born on June 8, 2020, at 7:35am via cesarean at 39+1 weeks due to being breech.  Megan’s pregnancy went relatively smoothly, except for mild nausea in the first trimester and headaches in the 2nd trimester. Then at week 32, Megan was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which raised concerns that baby was still breech. 

The COVID-19 pandemic also hit right at start of third trimester.  Megan had been working throughout her pregnancy but stopped at the start of her third trimester due to her family’s expected move (which was postponed due to COVID).  She began having weekly doctor’s appointments, ultrasounds and non-stress tests at this point and was put on blood pressure medication. 

Megan tried spinning babies, ECV, chiropractic care (The Webster Method), moxibustin, ice, music, yoga, etc. to get baby to flip but she stayed breech so a cesarean birth was scheduled at 39 weeks, 1 day.  Megan was initially hugely disappointed about having a cesarean birth because she had prepared and really been looking forward to an unmedicated birth.  She was also initially angry that a breech vaginal delivery wasn’t common in U.S.  She had heard of providers (such as Dr. Stu) who performed vaginal breech home births, but her provider wasn’t comfortable with a vaginal breech delivery and she decided that at the end of the day she wanted to do what was considered safest in Colorado.

Megan’s cesarean birth was a really positive experience, with no complications, aside from baby needing a little extra help breathing initially.  Recovery overall went well; they were in the hospital for 3 days postpartum.  Everyone was super helpful at the hospital, with the exception of one of the pediatricians who was a bit of an alarmist about baby’s initial weight loss.  Megan’s blood pressure was pretty well managed throughout pregnancy, then skyrocketed postpartum, then went back to normal around 3 weeks postpartum.  Postpartum has been exhausting, but wonderful. 

Megan Johnson Bio

Megan lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, 7-week-old baby girl and 2 Boston Terriers.  She is from California and moved to CO in 2018 for husband’s work.  She is a mental health therapist and is currently staying home with baby and is finishing a doctorate degree in psychology.  Connect with her on Instagram @meganrose87.

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Successful ECV for Breech Baby & Two Hospital Birth Stories

Gabey’s relatively easy pregnancy with her first child hit some trouble when the baby stubbornly stayed in breech position. An external cephalic version at 37 weeks was very intense but luckily successful on the third try. Their daughter Inez came a week early, and labor was fast – about 8 hours start to finish. As a first timer, Gabey was in denial about her labor progression until the very end, which is why her baby was born right into the hospital toilet – unattended except for her husband! Gabey’s second child, a boy, was even faster. She managed to give birth on the hospital bed that time.

Gabrielle Cosel

Gabrielle lives in Washington DC with her husband Luke, daughter Inez (3) and son Eamonn (6 months). Gabey works at the FDA on drug quality issues, and Luke is at the State Department. Outside of work Gabey loves to garden, cook, and make art. Her biggest struggle is making time for all the things she wants to do juggling work and two small kids. She loves the birth hour podcast and binge listened before both of her births.

Britax

Today’s episode is brought to you by Britax Child Safety, Inc. For over 50 years, Britax has been focused on safety you can trust from the very first day. They welcome new moms and dads to parenthood with award-winning car seats and strollers for every lifestyle while providing extra confidence for the journey ahead. At the end of today’s episode, I spoke with Britax safety advocate, Sarah Tilton, all about Preparing for the First Ride Home. Learn more about Britax products and safety tips at us.britax.com.

Gestational Thrombocytopenia, ECV, Positive Unmedicated Birth & Retained Placenta

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Gestational thrombocytopenia and External cephalic version (ECV) for Breech Baby

Kate and Andy live in Portland, Oregon, and were delighted to become parents after meeting in college. They were in no rush, after being together nearly 13 years before the birth of their daughter, Caroline, but were thrilled when their pregnancy-journey began so swiftly. Both recognized that is often not the case and felt so grateful because of this! Kate knew she wanted to prepare for an unmedicated birth. She felt good and remained super active throughout her pregnancy. However, at 34 weeks, her pregnancy took a turn when Kate learned her baby was in the breech position. On top of this, Kate had developed gestational thrombocytopenia, which can cause a greater risk of postpartum hemorrhage. With the pending arrival of their breech baby, Kate was fearful this would mean she would have to be put under and have a c-section to deliver. At week 37, in an effort to preserve her wish to have an unmedicated birth, Kate and Andy made the decision to undergo an external cephalic version (ECV) to turn their breech baby and were thrilled when it was successful.

Powerful, Positive, Unmedicated Birth & Overcoming Retained Placenta

Kate’s labor began just shy of 39 weeks, and after a fast journey to transition, Kate stalled at 9 cm for several hours because the baby was posterior. In the end, Kate was proud of her dedication to an unmedicated birth, the preparation she did to be successful, and the choices she made to get to that point. Even so, Kate suffered from a retained placenta that was not discovered until 5 weeks postpartum. She describes the pain and symptoms to watch for so you can advocate for yourself during the postpartum period.

Kate Baldwin Bio

Kate is a fundraising professional, working in education in Portland, Oregon. Her husband, Andy, is in product/marketing for Nike, and together they love raising their daughter, Caroline, in such a beautiful state. Kate has become passionate about pregnancy and birth, and she acknowledges that her seemingly “perfect pregnancy” looked different once finding out her daughter was breech. Kate is passionate about telling her story because other breech stories helped empower her. You can connect with Kate on Instagram.

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January Harshe’s Birth Stories

In this episode January Harshe shares her first four birth stories: a cesarean, a homebirth transfer to cesarean, a hospital VBAC after being dropped from care by her homebirth midwife, and a very healing unassisted homebirth. You can hear her 5th and 6th birth stories on her podcast that she hosts with her husband, The Harshe Podcast.

January Harshe Bio

January owns Birth Without Fear where she blogs and runs its social media sites. January recently published Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum. She also blogs at the Harshe.blog and hosts The Harshe Podcast with her husband Brandon. She also organizes MeetUps and Conferences, speaking at those and other events across the country. January has formula fed, pumped, breastfed, tandem nursed, used a crib, co-slept, homeschooled, and sent them all to school. Basically, she does what she can with what she has, learns from it, then does her best. No matter what she’s doing to survive the craziness of motherhood, she loves her children and knows she’s a good mother.

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Quiz: Where Should You Give Birth?

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Unmedicated Twin Birth after Cholestasis Diagnoses

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Vaginal Twin Birth after Cholestasis Diagnoses

Molly knew she wanted to try for an unmedicated birth before she became pregnant. When she found out she was having twins though, she wasn’t sure if she would be able to have the birth that she wanted. She educated herself on pregnancy and birth by taking Bradley method classes, and sought out other twin moms who had unmedicated births and listened to their stories. These two things greatly encouraged her and made her feel like it was possible. She switched doctors halfway through, developed cholestasis, and twin B was breech, but in the end she was still able to have the birth she had dreamed of.

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Molly Savage Bio

Molly lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She and her husband, Adam, are parents to twin boys who are 4 months old. Connect with her on Instagram @mollynsavage.

Resources

What to Do When You’re Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year

Surprise Breech + Two Postdates Births with Doula

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Surprise breech delivery and 12 days overdue, 14 days overdue birth stories

Callie’s first birth was a planned water birth that ended up a surprise breech delivery. It was a terrifying experience that no one saw coming; but, with the help of the right on-call OB, Callie safely delivered her first son in a breech position.

After that experience, Callie knew a doula was necessary for her next pregnancy so she would feel more emotionally supported and prepared going into the unexpected. She found Mal Warning and immediately clicked with her based on her previous experience working in Special Education. With her pregnancy going 12 days overdue, Callie relied heavily on Mal for information to make informed decisions about how to proceed as her medical team pressured her to be induced. Her second birth was an unmedicated delivery, and the best experience overall.

For her third and last birth experience, Callie again found herself in a similar position of being overdue by 14 days when she was being pressured into induction by her midwife. With the assistance of Mal again, Callie went in with a similar plan as for her second birth; but, it didn’t turn out the same way and pitocin was used to start induction. The drug created a very intense third and final birth experience that Callie thinks back on and is happy she never has to do again.

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Callie Christensen Bio

Callie is a mother and Special Education Teacher. She started Slumberkins with her best friend Kelly Oriard while on maternity leave together from their careers in education. She lives in Vancouver, WA, with her husband Tyson and four children: Logan, Henry, Owen, and Cora. She is passionate about promoting healthy social-emotional development in the next generation by empowering parents and caregivers to create intentional time with their children.

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