Gail Tully is a homebirth midwife and doula. She supports women finding their way with breech and other births in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Spinning Babies website can be located here. This website is full of fantastic information about belly mapping, techniques, as well as research, links and real stories. The site isn't just for women with breech babies. Any woman, pregnant or not, would benefit from visiting and reading on this site, to learn more about our bodies.
Some notes from Gail's presentation:
-during a breech birth many practitioners are now practicing, "hands off". The baby knows how to work its way out and can do some in most instances without assistance or touching, which may startle the baby. Frank Louwen, German OB is leading new emergent ideas in breech vaginal delivery. "Hands and knees, hands off". Mother on hands and knees, no touching the baby. Baby rotates out of the pelvis, down the birth canal.
-2009 Canadian ACOG (SOCG) set precedent for no more automatic breech cesarean deliveries.
A concurrent session with Dr. Poppy Daniels, OB/GYN, "The 3 Ps of VBAC: Pregnant Woman, Provider, Proviso: Navigating the Waters"
Dr. Poppy Daniels is an OB/GYN in Poplar Bluff, MO. Her interests include midwifery/physician collaboration and VBAC support. She is the mother of five boys. She has a website and a blog (you can read about her surprise VBAC!)
Some notes from this presentation:
-Vitamin D deficiency and low progesterone levels are being linked to pre-term birth, women should be tested for both levels during their pregnancy and given necessary supplements.
-more than 40 lb weight gain tends to decrease VBAC success
- recommends A Woman's Guide to VBAC to read if planning a VBAC
-No prostglandins for women with scarred uterus
-Mobility during labor should be allowed
-Heplock preferable to IV
-Food/drink during labor permitted
-Continuous labor support (doula) shown to reduce risk of cesarean
-Tell your nurse what you want
-Epidural alone is associated with higher rates of surgical delivery
A plenery session with Pam England, MA, CNM, gave a presentation titled "Gates of Cesarean Birth Story Healing"
Pam England, MA, CNM, homebirth midwife, internationally known speaker, author of Birthing From Within and her newest book, Labyrinth of Birth. Pam has a website and blog, Birth Peeps. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Some notes from Pam's presentation:
-Healing from a traumatic or cesarean birth that was felt to be traumatic or a loss: "finding the scattered and shattered bones of your story, collecting them and putting them back together. Merging together what you wanted, with what happened is the ultimate goal and can take years."
-Seeing birth as a hero's journey
-Passing through the Nine birth story gates to complete the hero's journey
Thanks to Lisa Garcia of ICAN of Montgomery County for sharing her notes with me. Combining our notes together helped me to make these 3 posts possible!