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SPONTANEOUS VAGINAL BREECH DELIVERY
IN HOSPITAL
With Episiotomy & Forceps




This is a very graphic medicalized hospital breech delivery with drapes, a large episiotomy, and the use of forceps. This not a page for the squeamish. I have placed links to other breech births near the bottom of this page for comparison of methods.


In this breech presentation, the buttocks are expelled to the waist, the limbs are lifted out by flexion of the thighs and knees and the trunk is allowed to hang until the head enters the pelvis.

Delivery of the head is achieved by anterior rotation of the trunk and the application of forceps to the after-coming head.







Breech Delivery: Breech Presentation.

The anterior buttock appears at the introitus (opening of the vagina).


Breech Delivery: Breech Presentation.

The vulva and anus are distended by the breech.


Breech Delivery: Episiotomy.

A mediolateral episiotomy is cut to facilitate descent of the breech and subsequent delivery of the fetal head.


Breech Delivery: Episiotomy.

Care is taken not to injure the presenting part.


Breech Delivery: Fetal Descent.

Further descent of the anterior buttock occurs.


Breech Delivery: Fetal Descent.

Both buttocks come into view as well as the anterior thigh.


Breech Delivery: Fetal Descent.

The fetal anus and vulva are now apparent.


Breech Delivery: Delivery of the Buttocks.

The buttocks are expelled by voluntary maternal effort.


Breech Delivery: Sacral Rotation.

The fetal sacrum rotates anteriorly.


Breech Delivery: Delivery of the Legs.

The legs are delivered by flexion of the thighs and knees.


Breech Delivery: Delivery of the Anterior Shoulder.


Breech Delivery: Delivery of the Posterior Shoulder.


Breech Delivery: Descent of the Head.

The trunk is allowed to hang to encourage descent of the head.


Breech Delivery: Insertion of the First Forceps Blade.

The trunk of the baby is swung anteriorly and the first forceps blade is inserted.


Breech Delivery: Insertion of the Second Forceps Blade.

The second blade is applied and locked into position.


Breech Delivery: Delivery of the Head.

Gentle traction is applied to complete a controlled delivery of the head.


Breech Delivery: The Placenta.

The third stage of labor is completed by cord traction on the placenta.





BREECH BIRTH LINKS

By BreechBabies.com: Olga's Home Breech Birth
By BirthDiaries.com: Hospital Vaginal Breech Pictorial - Without Pain Medication, Episiotomy & Forceps
This collection of pictures was taken from the video of a labor and birth of a breech baby. Please note the calm atmosphere. The mother had her own personal team attending to her. The hospital staff were very much off side and only doing minimal monitoring until baby was on the perineum.
MyBreechBirth: Home Birth of a Footling Breech Baby
Breech Birth: A Planned Homebirth of a Footling Breech with Midwife
By BirthRite.com.au: Upright Vaginal Breech Birth"
Once at this site you must follow the progression to the "birthing images" page (link on left hand side of screen) and then link to the "breech birth". This shows a very nice progression of a breech birth. The mother is sitting on a very special birth chair.
By EMedicine.com: Breech Presentation
Another medicalized birth. This is how the typical vaginal breech is managed. There are plenty of drapes and all the focus is on performing "maneuvers" to get the baby out. Forceps are used as two attendants manipulate this baby's birth. To view this birth one must scroll a down the page and click on individual photos. All pictures are in full color.
By BreechBabies.com: Twin VBAC at Home
Homebirth. Second baby comes footling breech.
By BirthStories.com: Breech Water Homebirth Story
Francis' Breech Birth Story
By Childbirth.org: James' Breech Homebirth Story
The Website: "Heads Up! All About Breech Babies"
GentleBirth.org Archives: Attending A Breech Birth
MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Breech Presentation Information
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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: The Breech Delivery at Home
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