In this episode, we meet Hayley – mother of two and absolute birthing legend who vaginally birthed her 4.2-kilo baby, footling breech!! Whoop Whoop!
Hayley expected to have a vaginal birth with her first baby and planned to birth in a birth center. She found herself in labour with her first baby with an “undiagnosed breech” which paved the path to her first baby being born via cesarean section.
Armed with more knowledge with her second baby Hayley hired a private midwife and planned to birth at home.
She wanted to be sure this baby wasn’t breech and had an ultrasound at 36 weeks.
Unfortunately, the baby was breech and she went into an appointment with Dr Andrew Pesce, the breech OB at Westmead.
She felt very grateful that she came across Dr Andrew Pesce after her appointment with him as he was understanding and very supportive of her choice to birth vaginally, after a c-section, and with a breech baby.
After a failed ECV it was decided she would be birthing in hospital and her homebirth plans changed with the path this journey took her.
Hayley’s story shows that even the best-laid plans to birth sometimes need to be adapted to suit different obstacles that come up and that women can birth big breech babies vaginally with the right support and can-do attitude by birth providers.
I am so pleased that Hayley experienced a positive vaginal breech birth with a surprise footling presentation (birth is always full of surprises!)
Listen to this episode to find out more!