Photographer Karyn Loftesness was given the opportunity to capture a breech birth and has shared the images to “help spread knowledge and awareness about the normalcy and safety of breech birth with a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced provider.”

Karyn writes on her website – “Raychel had planned to birth her fourth baby, Silas, at home. Only four days before her due date, she found out he was frank breech. Luckily, her midwives are very skilled and experienced in breech birth, so she felt comfortable proceeding with a home birth.

Raychel’s labor was longer than any of her others, and at one point her midwives were thinking they might need to head into the hospital for an ultrasound to check on things since her progress had seemed to stop, but Raychel gave Silas a pep talk and told him it was time to come on out, now! Inexplicably, he seemed to listen, because right after the midwives got off the phone with the doctor, he dropped down further into her pelvis and she went from 5cm dilated to complete within 10 minutes. The midwives instructed her not to push until she absolutely couldn’t NOT push anymore. As soon as she got on her hands and knees on her bed, her water broke, and it wasn’t long before she couldn’t resist bearing down with the contractions.

The photos you’re about to see are graphic, but educational, and 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.”

Once In A Lifetime Experience

Karyn told Mouths of Mums, “This was probably a once in a lifetime experience for me as a birth photographer, unless more providers become trained and educated in how to safely support a breech birth. It was such a thrill to be there and Raychel was amazing and strong. She had a great birth team of knowledgeable and experienced midwives supporting her, along with her husband and doula. She continues to inspire me today. Even in the face of much criticism and negativity, she is still standing up for the rights of birthing women and passionately educating others on the safety of breech birth under the right circumstances.”

*WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

breech baby 1

breech baby 2

breech baby 3

breech baby 4

breech baby 5

breech baby 6

breech baby 7

breech baby 8

 

The time elapsed from first photo to last is two minutes and twenty-eight seconds (2:28).

All images are the property of and shared with full permission from Karyn Loftesness Photography.

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  • My first born was an undiagnosed breech birth, such a shock the first time round. I was unable to see anything down the business end so I was fascinated to find these photos. Now I have an idea of what it looks like, it looks tough for baby too!

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  • Such graphic but wonderous photos of this babies breech birth. He just looked so relaxed when he emerged. Thank you for sharing the wonder of birth

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  • Wow, such amazing photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  • So raw and real, thank you.

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  • The human body is so incredible. What a magical moment to capture.

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  • Wow. Birth is such an amazing experience. Babies are so resilient.

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  • Makes my bits hurt just seeing these pics !!

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  • Oh my lordy lord!
    This brings happy tears to my eyes.
    My first born was breech actually, head stuck under my rib with one foot up and one foot down.
    On the day she was to be manually turned my waters broke and I had an emergency caesarean. Unfortunately my hospital would not deliver a breech baby, and I didn’t know my options (I was 19 and very misinformed).
    I can’t wait to experience a natural birth (I hope) and even to watch a life being born.
    I know some people don’t like birth photography, but it takes my breathe away, in the best way.
    How wonderful it is to create new life ❤️
    Well done Mumma x

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  • Such a wonderful set of photos. And well done mum too :)

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  • OMG What a set of photos. I’ve never seen a birth before (despite having 3 children of my own). Nature is truly amazing.

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  • Ohh my…..what fabulous photos.

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  • Great photos, and I’m glad they stressed the need for knowledgable and experienced staff.

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  • Oh wow, my first was a breech, it’s really interesting to see what was going on as I missed it all

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  • That’s amazing! I can’t imagine that though. Well done Mumma!

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  • Quite impressive. And scary at the same moment.

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