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They Say: C-Section Not Best Route for Breech Birth

breechChanging guidelines with regard to breech births has Canadian obstetricians and gynecologists scrambling to train doctors to deliver breech babies vaginally.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada issued new guidelines this week calling for doctors to no longer automatically schedule moms for c-sections of their baby is positioned to enter the birth canal buttocks or feet first. They say a reassessment of earlier trials shows that babies and mothers do not suffer worse outcomes in vaginal breech births than those who opt for c-sections.

So, they decided, it’s a matter of the mother’s preference.

Problem is, most medical schools stopped training docs to deliver breech babies vaginally and there’s a tremendous shortage of those who can. So the SOGC is launching a nationwide training program.

The professional group points out that women carrying breech babies won’t be denied c-sections. Rather, there had been plenty of demand for vaginal breech deliveries but not enough trained doctors to attend them.

I wonder if American doctors are paying attention.

Anybody deliver a breech baby vaginally? Would you do it again? Anybody have a doctor tell them no?

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