Why Breech Birth Matters

Why Breech Birth Matters

Julia Fotherby
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Every year around 30,000 unborn babies in the UK are estimated to be in the breech position at the end of pregnancy. Mothers may be told that their baby is ' the wrong way round' , and many will be offered and choose to have a caesarean as a result. But breech birth poses many questions: - with so many babies adopting the position, is cephalic (head-down) presentation really the optimal position for birth for all babies? - Has our lifestyle increased our chances of a breech baby? - Are there medical or genetic factors which influence the position a baby is in at birth? - What can mothers do to try and encourage a baby to change position before birth? - And perhaps most important of all, should all mothers be encouraged to have a caesarean, or are there other options? Why Breech Birth Matters examines the evidence and women' s experiences to explore some possible answers to these questions.
Julia is a doula, who has a passion for physiological breech birth and protecting human rights in pregnancy. A breech baby herself, she found her vocation after discovering her own baby was breech at 28 weeks gestation. Since then she has gone on to support numerous families throughout pregnancy and birth, often crossing paths with parents who also have a breech baby.