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Twin A breech vaginal birth, in a hospital.
That’s a phrase you rarely hear, but one local mother did exactly that! She believed in herself, found a supportive provider that believed in her and breech birth, and she had her babies on her terms with informed consent. As her doula and birth photographer, I was able to capture some amazing moments of Twin A being born.
It’s upsetting we don’t have more trained and experienced providers that can catch breech babies. It’s upsetting that hospitals, administrators, and liability insurance companies have a hand in allowing providers to catch breech babies. But this mother was not having any of that. She was persistent and got the birth she wanted and knew she could have.
We typically read and are told “hands off!” with breech delivery. I want to make a note that from what I observed as a doula and birth photographer, hands on baby with this birth was due to how quickly delivery went along with nothing but the floor beneath baby. If there was any medical reason for hands on baby, I am unaware of it.
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At this time we wish to not openly share the provider before speaking with them, only because this was such a long process met with many discussions and uncertainty amongst her providers. We don’t want to make it seem like this will happen with every scenario, give false hope, or lower the chances of another family having this option. Hopefully, we’ll get to a place with providers that this isn’t an issue!!