Pictures: Footling Breech Baby Born Into Dad’s Hands

by January Harshe on January 31, 2012

*It is not advised to freebirth a breech baby at home. If you choose to have an unassisted birth, be prepared and have back up plans. Unassisted birth is not for everyone.*

I have 5 kids, but these are pictures of Cricket, my 4th natural birth, my 2nd UC.  Enjoy!~Laura

unassisted breech birth

unassisted breech birth feet

freebirth of footling breech baby

dad catches breech baby at home

breech baby born unassisted at home

unasissted home birth with family

family at unassisted home birth

breastfeeding unassisted birth baby

*These pictures and this couple’s birth are beautiful and I am grateful they have shared them with us. Breech birth is another variation of ‘normal’. This couple chose to birth their baby at home as they felt it was best for. If you have a breech baby, please note there are different complications that can arise. Many babies will turn in time for birth, but some remain breech. Talk with your care provider about the risks and benefits regarding a cesarean or vaginal birth. Do your own research and make an informed decision with the support of your care provider. If you feel a vaginal birth is best, make sure you have a competent care provider who is skilled and knowledgeable in assisting a breech baby.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristin Gray January 31, 2012 at 11:30 am

Those are amazing. <3


Samantha Bice January 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

Wow! Who says a baby can’t come out footling? Every OB needs to see these pictures, and more like it.


Marlene January 31, 2012 at 11:47 am

Those are great. Thanks for sharing.


Doulalady January 31, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Ah! Thank you!


Michelle January 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

So amazing! Thank you for Sharing!


Everyday Miracle Doula January 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Awesome!! Did you know you baby was a footling prior to labour?


Kristy Alger January 31, 2012 at 9:28 pm

totally amazing, beautiful, awe inspiring, and maakes me want to have another baby!


Laura Gilkey January 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm



Imelda January 31, 2012 at 9:43 pm

These pics make me speechless


Julie February 1, 2012 at 4:20 am

Awesome baby-catcher dad there, and super-awesome mama! Thank you to this family for sharing.


Shelley Dobbin (Beautiful Birth) February 1, 2012 at 6:24 am

LOVE these pics!
Thanks so much for sharing!
I LOVE breech birth! (Our 2nd son was breech and it felt amazing)! 🙂


Bonnie August 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

beautiful! very empowering pics


Marianne January 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Wow, I’ve never seen photos of a breech birth before now. My youngest was breech until 37 weeks & they were planning on ECV & then c-section if baby didn’t turn. I was terrified & was made feel like there was no other option. I’m a high-risk pregnancy so the safest place in my eyes & everyone elses was in hospital but I wasn’t happy with the idea of being sectioned when I COULD deliver naturally. Thankfully baby turned in time & I didn’t have to face a fight with the consultants x


Sarah January 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm

You are INCREDIBLE !!!!


Dawnee July 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm

My twin sister and I were both born breech! Yes, it can be more difficult and have different dangers, but it isn’t a blown deal to birth naturally 🙂


Sarah August 31, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Amazing, powerful, inspiring!! Thank you.


Flimzy Klimzy Slimzy June 20, 2014 at 6:39 am

WOW.That was awesome.


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