I was lucky enough to be invited to lead a workshop at this years International Breech birth conference.
My qualifications are that I have been lucky to work with Breech birth expert Mary Cronk MBE as an Independent midwife. We attended several breech births together and thus I started to learn breech birth skills. Our midwifery clients alowed us to take photos of their births for teaching purposes, and these have further added to our knowledge as we studied the many and varied ways breech babies are born.
My workshop was entitled “Arse Backwards” as my journey to learning breech birth skills started with the most unusual births. A double footling, a foot then knee, a foot and extended leg, VBAC breech birth – all at home, were marvelous to attend and record, to share with other health professionals and women expecting breech presenting babies. Unfortunately I do not have permission to share these photos on-line which is why Mary Cronk and I travelled the country (and abroad) sharing the stories and skills of breech birth.
My presentation told the story of how I learnt breech birth skills, and how important it is to share these skills with others, to give women the option of skilled birth attendants at their breech birth. I took along video footage of Mary Cronk sharing her wisdom which was very well received.
I also learnt a tremendous amount at this conference which will aid me in the future care of women planning spontaneous breech birth.
I hope to have time to write up the highlights, but until then check out the brilliant Rixa Freeze’s blog