Breech births (the instance where a baby is born either feet or bottom first) are a relatively rare occurrence, as around three per cent of babies remain in a ‘breech’ position until the end of the pregnancy.
While attempts are often made to turn the baby around, more often than not, due to potential complications, breech pregnancies result in a caesarean section.
There are risks attached to delivering breech babies both by c-section and vaginally .
But members of the medical community have said not only is the latter possible, but, with the right support, it’s also an important choice for a woman to have.
From c-sections to home births, birth photographer and mum-of-four, Karyn Loftesness has documented many different types of delivery and aims to both educate and empower with her beautiful images.
And last year, for the first time, she witnessed the natural breech birth of baby Silas. The resulting images are graphic, but as Karyn writes on her website :
“We feel strongly that they need to be shared to help spread knowledge and awareness about the normalcy and safety of breech birth with a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced provider.”