Heads Up: The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery

Heads Up: The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery

This thought provoking film is one everyone should watch, not just pregnant mothers, but everyone.  We have to ask ourselves, why are physicians not being no longer doing breech delivery?  What is going on that is making  physicians afraid to perform breech delivery?  Fear of colleagues?   Fear of insurance companies pulling their malpractice coverage?  Or were they just never taught how to deliver breech?

When the doctors that are willing to deliver breech babies start to retire, what is going to happen to the future of our species micro-biome if we continue to slice every time a provider isn’t comfortable with a variation of normal and gives their client a skewed informed consent*?  What is your doctor’s stance on breech delivery? And yes, I’m fired up about this.

I support every woman’s choice in the birth they choose, I do not support providers skewing information to benefit themselves. 

A breech baby is born nearly every four minutes in the United States. Until the year 2000, a woman could opt to birth her breech baby vaginally or via surgery. Then, in 2001, a study came out that took away one of those options. The study was later found to be faulty, but the damage was already done–vaginal breech birth was almost completely eliminated from medical school training and from delivery rooms.

Heads Up features several women confronted with the disappearance of this option for their breech babies. Among others, actress Morena Baccarin and holistic living personality Kimberly Van Der Beek struggle to find providers who will attend them in a vaginal breech birth–all under the pressure of their imminent due dates. Through their personal accounts and the perspectives of medical professionals, Heads Up explores this widely misunderstood subject and the need to restore this lost art and lost option.  — informedpregnancy.com



The way you birth is your choice.  It’s your right.  Do not allow a physician to take that away.   Research your options so that you can make informed decisions and consents based on evidence based information.


Providers in the South Louisiana area open to discussing and possibly delivering  vaginal breech


Home births.  Breech births.  May not be for everyone.  But informed decision making is. — Kimberly Van Der Beek

Film by Los Angeles chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin

* Dr. Stu Fischbein

SpinningBabies!! | Baton Rouge, LA Doula & Birth Photographer

SpinningBabies!! | Baton Rouge, LA Doula & Birth Photographer

Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting and attending a SpinningBabies workshop with Tammy Ryan, the same trainer that held my DONA training in 2013. We had a wonderful turnout with doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, chiropractors,  a lovely nurse from Touro in New Orleans, and SIX OB’s from Associates in Women’s Health!  We all had a wonderful day of learning how SpinningBabies movement and techniques can work before and during labor.   If you have an opportunity to host or attend a workshop in your area, DO IT!  Sure, you can get the information online but attending, practicing, and connecting with others is so much better.

Thank you for all that attended and made it such a wonderful day!!

All images are copyright of Jennifer Wakefield of My Doula Heart Birth Services.  Images may not be copied, printed, or used for any purpose without written permission. 




09wBelly Mapping

14wRebozo Sifting 

18wForward Leaning Inversion 



27wSidelying Release


35wShake the apple tree






44wStanding Sacral Release


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Stages in Labor & Laboring Down  |  Baton Rouge, LA Doula & Birth Photographer

Stages in Labor & Laboring Down | Baton Rouge, LA Doula & Birth Photographer

We discuss stations in prenatal visits, this is a great visual of what they mean.  You can be completely effaced, 100%  and fully dilated, 10cm, yet baby can still be “high”.  Moms giving birth without an epidural will often see labor ‘stall’ with a rest period, allowing her mind and body to rest before the pushing phase.  Laboring down is also a great alternative for both moms with or without an epidural, as long as mom and baby are tolerating labor.

So, what is laboring down?  Laboring down is allowing your body to naturally bring baby down while baby rotates and wiggles to work with your contractions and go further into the pelvis, rather than trying to push baby down and exhausting yourself.  This can be done lying down in bed with a peanut ball, or in a more upright position while allowing gravity to play a factor.  How long can this take?  It could take 10 minutes or a few hours.  So when should you push?  When you feel an urge to push during a contraction, or in the event of an epidural, the verification that baby has in fact moved down considerably on their own.

Did you get a rest period or labor down during your birth?  I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below!

Haven Ella  | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

Haven Ella | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

I was contacted in December 2014 by Kim. She was looking for a birth doula to support her and her husband through their birth experience, and a photographer to document it. We met at a local coffee shop and hit it off.  It fills my heart with joy knowing that they trusted me to be a part of their birth team.


The Birth of Haven Ella from Jennifer Wakefield on Vimeo.

World Doula Week 2015!

World Doula Week 2015!

world doula week

World Doula Week begins with World Doula Day on March 22nd and will go through March 28th annually.   March 22  was chosen because it is the spring equinox, which represents the return of fertility in countless cultures.  Read more here.
My journey as a birth professional began in 2010 as a birth photographer.  I absolutely LOVED my ‘job’, but I was lacking something.  Two wonderful and amazing doulas encouraged me to attend DONA training in 2013; I was hesitant but went and there was no turning back!  I’m now able to balance both hands on doula work or quietly documenting a clients beautiful birth.  
Because I am SO incredibly grateful to all my clients that allow me to do what I love – doula, photography, and encapsulation – I am giving away FOUR amazing prizes for #WorldDoulaWeek!  Enter for yourself, your friends or just support by sharing!  
Don’t forget to Pin and Share with #WorldDoulaWeek !  GOOD LUCK!!


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Prizes include: 1 birth planning & comfort measures visit ($200 value); gift card towards one placenta encapsulation service ($225 value); gift card towards one fresh48 session ($500 value)

Winner must be delivering in the Baton Rouge area. Travel fees may apply for Birth Planning & Comfort Measures visit if outside of the Baton Rouge area. Prizes cannot be exchanged for monetary value.

Three winners will be chosen on 3/29/15 and announced on my blog and Facebook page.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!

Rebozo, What’s That? | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

Rebozo, What’s That? | Baton Rouge, LA Birth Doula and Photographer

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If you have had a consult with me or have been a client of mine, you’ve heard about the rebozo.  So, what is it? A rebozo is a Mexican and South American garment worn by women, to represent significant points and stages in their lives.  Along with wearing it as a garment, midwives have also been using rebozos for centuries to aid women in childbirth.  It can be used in relaxation techniques, providing comfort in pregnancy, soothing abdominal muscles to allow baby to get themselves into an optimal position, and as a grounding for mom during labor and delivery.  I’ve even utilized the rebozo for relaxation techniques  for mothers during cesarean birth prep and breastfeeding difficulties.

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Continuing education is a vital part of me being a doula and I really wanted to see what this thing was after hearing about it so much.  I initially took Gena Kirby’s workshop in New Orleans so that I had one more ‘tool’ I could add to my bag.  Little did I know how much of an impact this simple piece of cloth would have in my doula practices and overall outlook in doula care.  I had heard over and over that we could just use a sheet to accomplish the same techniques, and while this is true, I find a sheet a lot more cumbersome and than a rebozo, which is so much more than what it seems.

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As part of my doula services, clients receive a  comfort measures prenatal visit where we review comfort measures and relaxation techniques with and without the rebozo.  Some clients are reluctant to see how a rebozo works.  However, they find it very useful once I share how to utilize it.  Some have enjoyed it so much, they suggest I share relaxation techniques during consultations!  Many of my clients will  utilize a rebozo in early labor at home and a bit more once they have arrived at the hospital.

Not a doula client?  Not a problem!  I offer private visits to provide comfort measures to you and your partner in the later stages of pregnancy, learn more here.

Growing up in Southern California, my family would spend a lot of time in the Baja California Peninsula. I would see women using a wrap for carrying their babies or items on their back, but I never knew it was called a rebozo!  This workshop brought back a flood of memories from my childhood and I no longer saw the rebozo as just another piece of fabric or another tool for my bag.

Gena does offer online training to parents, but if you can attend a workshop near you, DO IT!  Buy a rebozo here