This thought provoking film by Dr. Elliot Berlim, DC is one that everyone should watch. Not just pregnant mothers, but everyone. Why are most physicians no longer offering vaginal breech delivery? Is it fear of liability? Peer pressure? Bullying by insurance companies? Or we they just never taught how?
As older doctors skilled in vaginal breech delivery cease to practice the vaginal option for breech birth is rapidly disappearing. Will doctors who dont have the skill provide true informed consent to their patients, explaining the benefits and risks of both vaginal breech birth and cesarean breech birth? What is your doctors stance on breech delivery?
I support every woman’s choice in the birth they choose, I do not support providers skewing information to benefit themselves.
A breech baby is born nearly every four minutes in the United States. Until the year 2000, a woman could opt to birth her breech baby vaginally or via surgery. Then, in 2001, a study came out that took away one of those options. The study was later found to be faulty, but the damage was already done–vaginal breech birth was almost completely eliminated from medical school training and from delivery rooms.
Heads Up features several women confronted with the disappearance of this option for their breech babies. Among others, actress Morena Baccarin and holistic living personality Kimberly Van Der Beek struggle to find providers who will attend them in a vaginal breech birth–all under the pressure of their imminent due dates. Through their personal accounts and the perspectives of medical professionals, Heads Up explores this widely misunderstood subject and the need to restore this lost art and lost option. — informedpregnancy.com