Do you know someone who was told they had to have a cesarean section because their baby was breech? If they or you were told this you didn’t get true informed consent.
According to Dr. Stu,
“Basically, that is a violation of medical ethics, when you are only told what the doctor wants you to hear. When they skew their counseling to get you to do what they want you to do. It may be that the only choice you have with that physician or that institution is a cesarean section, but they should counsel you in that way then. They should say ‘listen breech delivery is a reasonable option for properly selected women, but we don’t do it here, and I don’t know how to do it. So, if you want to get a second opinion from someone who does, I would be more than happy to support that decision. Or if you don’t, then a cesarean section is the best choice with me and my institution.’
That would be more accurate informed consent. But that’s certainly not what’s happening. They’re basically told if you try a breech delivery your baby’s head will get stuck and they’ll have brain damage.”
Questions for expectant parents:
1.Does your doctor perform breech births?
2. Did you know that doctors aren’t being taught how to deliver breech babies in medical school?
3. Are you a good candidate
Find out more about what most parents aren’t being told when it comes to breech by listening to this episode
Dr. Stuart Fischbein, MD OB/GYN has been in private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Southern California since 1986. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1982. He has a long history of support for Midwives and the alternative to the medical model of birth they provide.