You know what happens during delivery, right? Maybe you’re not exactly a first-time mum, and you’ve pushed a baby (or two, or more) out yourself.
The nurse positioned a mirror, and you watched as your baby emerged – head first. But, what happens during a vaginal breech birth?
Chances are, whether you’ve seen your own birth or watched a video clip of the magical moment, that you haven’t seen a baby being delivered bum-first. Get ready to change all that. Warning, these photos are graphic (in a totally educational way).
When mum, Raychel, was planning for her fourth baby’s birth (a boy named Silas) she had decided on a home delivery. Only days before she was due, Raychel found out her baby was Frank breech (his feet were near his face). After careful consideration, she decided to stick to her decision and give birth at home. Please note, this isn’t advisable in every case. But, Raychel had a team of skilled midwives who were very experienced in breech birth.
Even though her three previous births had been quick, this one was a longer labour. At one point her midwives considered driving the mum to the nearest hospital for an ultrasound. As the midwives called the doctor, Raychel had a quick talk with her soon-to-be-born son. She writes on the Happy Place Birthing blog, “I started quietly, but firmly telling Silas that we were going to have to go to the hospital if he didn’t come RIGHT NOW and to please, please, please come down and out.”
Apparently, mum’s coaxing worked. She went from 5cm to 10cm within 10 minutes. The not-so-usual birth story was documented on film by Karyn Loftesness Photography. The photographer, based out of Vancouver, Washington, captured the breech birth moment by moment.
Showing the world the fascinating facts of this type of delivery, watch below as you see the baby born in just two minutes and twenty-eight seconds (2:28).
Instead of the head crowning, this photo captures the baby’s bum and scrotum crowning.
As Silas’s bum starts coming out of mum, the midwife has to block the baby’s urine from spraying her.
The delivery progresses and the baby’s bum is out. His legs are just starting to emerge. As he comes out he begins to pull is legs out, one leg at a time and you can start to see the nice, fat umbilical cord.
His skin looks a bit purple; this is normal for ALL babies, not just breech ones! He quickly pulls one food out…
And quickly both legs are out!
Silas then starts pulling his arms out.
After both arms are out, the umbilical cord is now mostly visible – and so is the bottom part of the baby’s face.
And, the midwife catches baby Silas!
It’s Silas himself who pulled himself out. The midwife didn’t force him out at all.
The happy family rejoices over the birth of their healthy baby boy!