I just delivered my baby naturally- frank breech!

I just delivered my baby frank breech on 5/30/17. Went into labor at 6am, waited it out and arrived at the hospital just before 8am. I was fully dilated when I arrived. My doctor was pulled out of starting a c-section (they were still waiting on the patient’s spinal) because my baby just didn’t want to wait! So the doctor came in and gave me the go ahead to start pushing.

I started pushing with a contraction and all I could hear was the panic in her voice when she realized baby was breech and she was feeling a butt and not a head! Mind you, this is the same doctor that had been checking me since 36 weeks and baby had been head down since my anatomy scan at 22 weeks. She had some nurses getting ready to clear an OR to bring me down for a c-section, and another on the phone calling the doctor in the practice who was familiar with breech deliveries. But baby still just could not wait.

My body just took over and I said I need to push. The Doctor took a deep breath and said “Ok, push!” Two pushes later my beautiful girl was born at 8:17am! After she was born, my doctor was stitching me up and says “Janelle I need to tell you something, I didn’t want to say it before because I didn’t want you to freak out, but this was the 2nd time I have ever delivered a breech baby.” I was shocked! She was shocked!

It was a wonderful experience. I’m glad I went into labor when I did as I had an ultrasound scheduled the next day, and had they known baby was breech, she would have scheduled a c-section!

This birth was truly empowering for me as not only did I deliver her with no pain intervention, but she was breech! I was beginning to doubt my ability to deliver her naturally as the contractions worsened. My husband was a great support person while he was there. Unfortunately he had to miss the birth of his second daughter because our childcare plans for our toddler fell through, and he was in the waiting room with her while waiting on my mother to arrive, but she didn’t make it in time! So although I wish he could have been there, I can now say I delivered my baby naturally, breech, and all on my own!

*Positive birth story kindly contributed by Janelle Belanger

About Katrina Zaslavsky

Katrina is an inspired international author, speaker and voice for women. A former public health professional turned mum on a mission and now editor, coach and practitioner, she is making positive waves across the globe as founder of Birth Goddess, committed to being a part of the “Positive Birth Revolution” and empowering women for motherhood.
Her book, A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Natural Empowering Birth, is a collection of inspiring birth stories (afterword by Dr Sarah Buckley MD) and shares how she overcame her extreme fears of childbirth and discovered inner peace and power she didn’t know she had. One of her biggest personal revelations that she would love to shout from every rooftop? “When birth is no longer feared, numbed or endured it has the opportunity to become one of the most powerful, positive and transformative things a woman will ever experience in her lifetime."

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