I remember the first time I even heard about breach births. It was in one of my high school textbooks and it sounded scary. A couple years later I watched a documentary about “freebirthing.” One woman gave birth to her baby in the bath tub completely on her own, and the baby was breach. The baby was fine though. I remember thinking, “Is she crazy?! Her baby could have died!” Fast forward many years later... I’m already a mama of one precious boy, born in a hospital but with no drugs whatsoever. I’m pregnant with a baby girl and have decided that since I had such an easy time with my first labor that I’m going to go for a home birth. It’s funny how time and research can change your mind about anything. I never imagined as a teenager that I would be one of those women giving birth at home.
As the time to give birth came closer and closer I was just excited as
can be. All my midwife appointments were great, the pregnancy was
progressing normally, and I was confident that everything would turn out
just fine. Well, it did turn out fine, but not without one big
My contractions started on a Monday morning and two hours later I was
already in the birthing tub getting ready to push. I was in intense
pain. With all my might I pushed that baby out and felt some relief. I
looked down into the water and all I saw was legs and a body. Her head
was still inside of me. I didn’t know what to think. There had never
been any indication throughout my pregnancy that she was breach. “Is she
stuck?!” were the only words I could manage to spit out. “No, push,” my
midwife told me. So I did. And out she popped. I held my baby girl in
my arms. She was perfect. I couldn’t believe she was breach. I couldn’t
believe she had come out with such ease. I couldn’t believe this was our
story and how blessed we were.
I used to be afraid of breech birth, but through my own personal
experience I learned that it doesn’t have to be scary. Thankfully my
midwife knew what she was doing (she had recently completed some
training on breach birthing) and didn’t panic. My home birth was the
most amazing experience and it taught me that women are incredible and
capable of so much.
Kristel is a stay-at-home wife (to Alex) and mom (to
Liam and Isabel). She lives in Miami, FL and blogs about faith, family,
and fun over at Glowing Light. You can also find her on
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Check out more information on breech babies in this post, and read about Felicia's cesarean due to breech here. I hope this series has helped provide some insight into breech presentation and shown that the right environment and a supportive care provider can make the difference in getting the birth you want and deserve!