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Oh Canada! Breech Birth Preferred over Cesarean for our Neighbors to the North!

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (Canadian version of ACOG) has released a statement in response to new evidence that breech births can occur safely and may be the preferred method of birth over an automatic surgical birth for babies who are breech!  Some key points:

“The new decision to offer vaginal breech birth aligns with the SOGC promotion of normal childbirth – spontaneous labour, followed by a delivery that is not assisted by forceps, vacuum or cesarean section. In December of 2008, the society release a policy statement that included its recommendation for a development of national practice guidelines on normal childbirth.
“The safest way to deliver has always been the natural way,” said Dr. Lalonde.

“Vaginal birth is the preferred method of having a baby because a C-section in itself has complications.”

Here is the article in it’s entirety:  C-section not best option for breech birth

One of the challenges will be to find providers who have experience with breech births, as this art has been lost over the years, and the experience and training has been not handed down to the current providers catching babies!  Maybe time to call in some old midwives!

Maybe ACOG and the US will not be far behind, but until then, a current passport might not be a bad thing to throw in the birth bag!