New Study on Breech Pregnancy and Birth

From Dr. Rixa Freeze of Stand and Deliver

If you gave birth to a breech baby, or if your baby was breech at some point during pregnancy, we would like to invite you to participate in a research study. Please share this announcement with others who might be interested in participating.

Research goals:
Breech research is often aimed towards health care providers and tends to focus on maternal and fetal health outcomes. Our research explores women’s experiences and feelings about carrying a breech baby; their decision-making process when discovering that their baby was breech; their care providers’ recommendations and protocols for breech birth; and the birth options available to them, from vaginal breech birth to elective cesarean section. We will present the results at the Second International Breech Conference in Ottawa. We also hope to submit an article to a peer-reviewed journal. Participation is confidential.

Who can participate:
All North American women who have had breech pregnancies or births are invited participate in an essay-response survey, which takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. We are interested in participants who had breech pregnancies (breech babies who turned head-down before birth). We would also like to hear from women who have given birth to breech babies, whether vaginally or by cesarean section; with midwives, physicians, or unassisted; at home, in a birth center or in a hospital. We welcome input from both singleton and multiple (twin, triplet, etc) breech pregnancies and births.

How to Participate:
To take the survey, please visit the Breech Pregnancy and Birth Survey.

About the researchers:
Dr. Rixa Freeze has a PhD in American Studies and focuses on childbirth and maternity care. She blogs at Stand and Deliver. Julie Searcy is a PhD candidate at Indiana University with interest in the cultural discourse around birth.

Questions?
Please contact us at breechbirth.study@gmail.com.

And, although it seems to limit the participants to only women in North America, in a comment Rixa clarifies that, “We are actually open to receiving comments from women outside NA, as long as you indicate where you’re from on the question that asks state/province of origin. We want to be able to accurately analyze our results geographically. Most likely we’ll focus just on North America for the conference presentation, but in the future we’d like to look at breech experiences in Australia, the UK, New Zealand, etc.” — so even if you’re outside the US and Canada, you can still participate.

3 Responses

  1. Is there an age limit as to when the birth took place? A lot has changed over the years in labor and delivery. Are 20 year old breach birth stories significant to your studies? http://www.newmommyteesandjeans.com

    • I asked Dr. Freeze, and she said that there was no age/time limit for this, but she would ask that you indicate on the survey when the birth took place.

      You can email her directly at breechbirth.study@gmail.com if you have any other questions (I’m just the messenger).🙂

      Kathy WomanToWomanCBE.wordpress.com katsyfga.wordpress.com

  2. I asked Dr. Freeze, and she said that there was no age/time limit for this, but she would ask that you indicate on the survey when the birth took place.

    You can email her directly at breechbirth.study@gmail.com if you have any other questions (I’m just the messenger).🙂

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