Now there's a picture worth thousands of words. Baby looks so peaceful too!
Posterior VBAC? Good on her!!
The baby spent much of labor posterior, but shifted to anterior about 45 min before birth. As he was born anterior, he immediately turned towards her right thigh, then he turned back up again! It was a very interesting image that I hadn't thought of until you mentioned the baby looked posterior. If I can show other pics, I can show what a posterior caput looks like.
From the position I thought he'd been born posterior, too, but the caput looks anterior.
The last posterior caput I saw was kind of alarming, really. He was a good-sized baby (9lb8ish?), he received forceps assistance after several hours of heroic pushing on his mom's part, and the swelling over his eyebrows was massive! Didn't take long to resolve, however.
So good you got to share this wonderful moment! Thanks to you and the mother for the pic.
Great OP pic Barb... but frightening too. To me, that is not a 'peaceful' baby, it is a baby with no tone :(
Did he need a bit of resus?
I agree with Liz. Kind of shook me a bit.
beautiful shot & baby, but agreed - looks a little floppy...was all OK?
I agree with Liz, that baby looks floppy.....What were that Apgars, and how did he do?
Apgars were 5/5/9 - good catch by you birthing types. :) Yes, the baby required resuscitation, but always had great color and a good pulse. He didn't cry his first cry for about 20 minutes. Just kind of... stunned? Mellow? We'll see as he continues growing.
Wow, I was scared reading the comments, I was expecting the first one to say "Unfortunately, the baby did not make it" or something. Baby just did not look all there to me. Glad he is doing well!
I thought the tone looked a little poor, but what great color!
Hey, if you get a chance read my post on my hospital tour... you might find it, uh.. interesting.
Hey, Janelle, I read it... sad... and as I said there, you buy the hospital ticket, you go for the hospital ride. You are forewarned.
I posted your post's location on my FB account, so you will see activity coming from that way.
Good luck... I hope you change your mind about locations for you birth.
I went over to one of your readers request to look at Janelle's "hospital tour post" and her follow-up comments.
For her sake I hope her Birth goes as "planed" but serves as a humbling experience instead of adding to the sanctimonious and condescending tone towards other women on the tour and the person giving the tour, and this is the hospital she choose if she gets ruled out of the birth center within there for any reason.
When did giving birth become so competitive ?
Just curious, why is she on her back?
Because she was. (??)
Surely you can see why I am asking. You are a midwife are you not? You do know about optimal positions when pushing out a baby?Is it an American thing maybe? Keeping the mother on her back, where everyone else has more control?Why was she not supported to be upright?
Some women choose to be on their backs. Some women cannot be in another position because of an epidural. If you look through ALL of the photos in my blog, you will see women in varying positions, in the home as well as in the hospital. It *is* an American thing to have women on their backs during birth, but that is because most women have epidurals. At home, I rarely see a woman reclining or even on her side. Almost all of my clients are standing/supported squatting/on hands and knees.
Does that help?
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