A surprise vaginal breech — Ashley’s birth story

September 29, 2015 — The birth of Elias

I think the best kind of stories, are often the ones that don’t go according to plan. This can be really hard, of course, in the moment, especially when it comes to birth.

I got the text early on Tuesday the 29th. Ashley was in labor.
Ashley had planned an out of hospital delivery for this birth, her first. She loved her midwives and was ready to meet her son. I arrived in a quietly laboring apartment home. I was offered coffee and a bagel, while Mama peacefully worked through contractions in the birth pool. Labor seemed to be progressing quickly, but everything was still really calm in the air.

Before the storm, I remember these words quietly filling the room:

“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart.  Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art.  Be thou my best thought in the day and the night.  Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.”

About 45 minutes after I arrived, her midwife discovered that baby was breech. Ashley was helped out of the water, everyone hurried to the cars, and proceeded quickly to the hospital.

Most hospitals prefer to deliver breech babies via C-section. But Ashley was really holding out hope that she could try for a vaginal breech delivery. After getting checked in, seeing the doctor, it was determined that she was safe to proceed forward with a vaginal delivery.

Everything was prepped, and the whole atmosphere changed. Suddenly the room was full of doctors, nurses, students, a laboring mom, soon to be dad, two midwives and a birth photographer.

Everyone encouraged as Ashley pushed her son out. In fact, I was so blown away by the amount of support during this birth. I believe there were over 15 people believing in this Mama.

Elias was born in the early afternoon bottom first.

A truly miraculous, once in a life time birth.

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