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So what happened to women back in the day..

if their baby was breech? Did they die? =\

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Asked by SandraB383 at 5:45 PM on Dec. 10, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • Sometimes.

    Answer by Gealach at 5:46 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

    just because most OBs TODAY do not know how to deliver a breech baby (which 99 times out of 100 can be done SAFELY), does not mean that it is any any way abnormal or life threatening. it is not the ideal position for birthing, but can successfully be accomplished with a little extra work, and an experiences MW or OB. it DOES NOT require a c-sec... and as I said before... 99 times out of 100 can be done successfully with out any ill effects to baby or mother.

    no, babies who present breach do not kill their mothers... more women die from placental abruption because a dimwitted OB pulled on her cord before the placenta was completely detached, rather than letting nature run its course, and couldn't control the bleeding. than women dieing from a breech presentation. sheesh... this is why doctors make so much money- its like taking candy from a baby!

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 5:51 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Don't need to go getting all crazy o.o I'm just honestly curious. Sheesh.

    Answer by SandraB383 at 5:56 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • ObbyDebbie seemed to go a bit off the deepend there. Geesh.

    Even those most simple situations could cause a baby/women to die in childbirth 'back in the day'.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 6:08 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • The horror stories of women dying in child birth with breeches & multiples have a lot to do with poor diet, infection, & the women not growing right.

    Death in child birth was extremely common in periods where corsets and other body deforming fashions were in style. The women had very messed up rib cages and hips. They were often put on bed rest and kept out of the sun light. Sometimes weird diets were prescribed because obstetrics was so under developed. They developed Vit D problems, sometimes had muscle and bone loss from being kept still for months.

    With proper prenatal care and nutrition, good diagnostics, and modern medical intervention as a back up plan, a lot of women with multiple or breeches can safely deliver today with no intervention. Unfortunately, doctors are trained to perform c-sections to avoid mal-practice suits. My lil sis is a med student. They start educating to avoid mal-practice claims in year 1

    Answer by ecodani at 6:34 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • It depends on the mom. Sometimes a doctor can reach in there and turn a breech baby. They used to do that a lot. Sometimes the baby made it, sometimes just the mom made it, sometimes neither did. It really depended on the situation.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 6:42 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Sometimes. Depends on the mom and the type of breech positioning.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:56 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

  • Childbirth was much more dangerous back then with limited technology and lack of resources. Many of those situations would have survive if it were in our advanced time.

    Answer by whistlemom3 at 9:58 PM on Dec. 10, 2009

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