the undervalued art of vaginal breech birth

Gaskin, Ina May; Buck, Todd
July 2004
Mothering;Jul/Aug2004, Issue 125, p52
The author, in this article, shares her opinion on vaginal breech delivery. She says that little did she know, when she witnessed her first vaginal breech delivery at a small county hospital in middle Tennessee in 1972, that she was seeing a physiological process that was being rapidly phased out in the U.S., the birth was to a mother having her first baby. Over the next two years, six more breech babies in her practice were vaginally born at that same hospital, and a surprise breech fell into the hands of her midwifery partner, Pamela Hunt, at the mother's home. It appeared that all physicians attending births, whether they were family doctors or obstetricians, were expected to be competent in the art of vaginal breech birth. INSET: What is a breech baby?.


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