Is Natural Breech Birth “A Dying Art”?

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Do you know anyone that has had a natural breech birth?

According to Homeland star Morena Baccarin, it is “a dying art.”

The actress, 34, and her husband Austin Chick welcomed their first child, son Julius, last week in LA.

Despite being breech presentation, Morena delivered her baby boy naturally with the help of Dr. Ronald Wu at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. In fact, Dr. Wu is the only doctor in the Los Angeles area who offers expectant mothers the option to birth a breech baby in a hospital.

“I’m so happy I was able to deliver with Dr. Wu,” the actress told PEOPLE. “Breech delivery is a dying art and he gave me the birth experience I wanted.” 

While 97% of babies are head down by the time labor sets in, the remaining 3% are breech presentation and most commonly delivered via planned C-section.

Vaginal breech childbirth has health benefits for the woman such as a faster recovery and less postpartum pain, as well as a better chance of having a natural childbirth in the future

That said, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states the “risk of harm to the baby may be increased in a vaginal breech birth.”

One of my three children was frank breech. My first child, now 7-year-old son Gavin, was delivered via C-section due to breech presentation. While discussing birthing options, my midwife explained that only one hospital in my city (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) will attempt natural breech births. However, she warned me about the risk of numerous medical interventions that typically ensue (e.g. episiotomy, epidural, etc.).

I opted for the caesarean section — and am thrilled to say that I later had two successful VBACs for my second and third children.

Would you deliver a baby via natural breech birth?

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