Baby Is Breech! Now What?

Can I Attempt a Vaginal Breech Delivery?

Maybe. If you meet all the right criteria, which are put in place to help doctors decide which babies are likely to do well with a vaginal breech delivery and which babies are likely to have problems, and if your doctor is comfortable delivering breech babies vaginally, you might be allowed to try giving birth vaginally. You might have to sign an agreement stating that you are aware that C-section is the safest option and that you choose a vaginal birth anyway.
 
If your doctor is hesitant to allow you to try to give birth vaginally, please trust your doctor's instincts. Even if you are a great candidate for vaginal breech birth, if your doctor is inexperienced in vaginal breech delivery, your safest option is still a C-section.
 
Keep in mind that many doctors (particularly younger ones) and hospitals are inexperienced in vaginal breech delivery, since most breech babies are delivered by C-section. While it's certainly okay to seek out a second opinion, please don't "shop around" until you find the one doctor who is willing to let you deliver vaginally.
 
Even if you plan a C-section, you might still end up with a vaginal birth. Typically, this happens when a woman goes into labor before a planned C-section (or if nobody knew the baby was breech), and labor progresses so quickly that a C-section isn't possible.
 

Dealing With the Disappointment

Many women deal with extreme disappointment and sadness when facing the possibility that labor and delivery may not go according to their plans. A breech presentation is often a "deal-breaker" that ruins your chance for a vaginal birth.
 
However, please remember that nothing is guaranteed, even with a head-down baby. Even with the most carefully constructed birth plans, childbirth is an unpredictable situation. Please focus on the fact that having a safe delivery for you and the baby is the top priority. 
 
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