Breech Presentations and Cesearean Secti

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Registered: 04-21-2009
Breech Presentations and Cesearean Secti
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 8:05pm

Hi All,

I'm currently 37 weeks and after weeks worth of appointments confirming that little Baby Brayden won't budge and take a nose dive to the vertex position, we have scheduled a c-section for the 8th of May.

I'm getting a little bit nervous, I mean- I'd finally come to terms with the fact that a baby would be coming out of my vagina, now I have to come to terms with the fact that I won't be having a "normal" birth and I'll have to have major abdominal surgery.

I'm just wondering if anyone else has dealt with a breech c-section and how has it gone? Is a breech c-section done differently than one that is needed for a regular lying baby?

It's funny because when I talked to my docs about c-section they were pretty pessimistic about it- only brought up the risks and negatives and things that could possibly go wrong or horrible things that could happen to baby or me. But I know quite a few people who've had c-sections and they all have had positive experiences and say it isn't the horrible ordeal that I'm invisioning (a vision my midwife has seemed to catalyze).

Any support or insight you have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks SO much!!

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Registered: 03-18-2009
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 11:19pm

Hi and Welcome to the Board! I'm sorry that baby Brayden isn't being cooperative! None of my C sections have been due to breach position, but I understand that the procedure is the same except that it's sometimes a bit more difficult to grab baby and get them out because the incision is so low. With that said, C sections for breach position are done all the time - so I wouldn't worry too much about complications! (My doc basically said that they're just a bit more "slippery" when they're breach.)

I think it's pretty normal for doctors go give you the complications of C sections as a "CYA" if nothing else. Of course they also believe that the risks to you and Baby of a vaginal breach

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Wed, 04-22-2009 - 9:47am
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Fri, 05-01-2009 - 9:52am

I had a breech/c-section baby.


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Registered: 07-25-2007
Fri, 05-01-2009 - 10:30pm

my son was born a little over a year ago. he was Frank breech. everything went well. the only things i've heard/delt with is that c/s babies don't get the fluid squeezed out of their lungs like they should.
i guess they can take their first breath as soon as their body hits air, instead of when their face hits air. so if their little butt comes out and their face is still in some will take a breath and breathe in a bunch of amino fluid (my son did this). so then they have to be monitored and suctioned. Sam had to be watched for like two hours.

i won't lie, it was painful - the incision burned like crazy and i felt very stiff and sore all over my whole body, not just my abdomen. also i didn't realize i would puke through the whole thing but it's very common.
one of the things that made the biggest difference for me was taking a shower. i felt a million times better after that so do it as soon as you can. also ask for your pain meds BEFORE you need them and also get a stool softener.

good luck and congrats!

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Registered: 01-06-2007
Mon, 05-04-2009 - 3:50pm

Hi, there,

I had a c/s for breech in 2007 (we actually found out at the hospital,

-Sarah, mom to Melissa Jeanne, born 9/4/07, and baby boy, due 4/9/10


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Registered: 05-09-2003
Mon, 05-04-2009 - 8:36pm

Some drs do a breech vaginal delivery. My OB said that babies sometimes turn while in labor so he advises against scheduling Cs for breech. I've had 3 c-sections while in labor and it wasn't too bad.

I've had 4 breeches. My fifth was head down.

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Registered: 05-08-2008
Tue, 05-05-2009 - 12:40pm

Collin was breech and


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Wed, 05-27-2009 - 3:50pm
My 1st son was frank breech & I had an unexpected c-sec at 37 wks after discovering my amniotic fluid level was too low to try to turn him.

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