Monday, May 12, 2008

Welcome, little one!

This morning, I got the call I'd been waiting for for the last couple of weeks. My friend Karin gave birth to her fifth baby, a little girl, last night. A beautiful, perfect home birth. I'll let her tell the story if/when she chooses to do so. Congratulations, Karin and family! :o)


Science Teacher Mommy said...

I'm doing a little bit of research for a book. How would a midwife deliver a breech baby?

Doreen said...

Complex question. It depends on many factors. The midwife's experience with breech births, how comfortable the mother feels with a vaginal breech, the presentation (frank, complete, or footling), the way the baby is facing (head flexed or looking up). Some midwives will attend vaginal breech births, while others will transfer the woman to the care of a physician. My own midwife looks at breech as a variation of normal, and has lots of training and experience in breech births, so she would be just fine attending a breech at home (unless there were other problems, as well). Other midwives haven't received training in how to attend breeches, so they would likely transfer. It really just depends. Did that answer your question, or were you looking more specifically for technique?

Doreen said...

Oh, and Happy Birthday! :o)