One year later – Julian’s (footling breech) home birth story


  1. This is such a great birth story. Thank you so much for sharing. I, too, developed HELLP syndrome with my first pregnancy. I know how scary it can be. Kudos to you for an unmedicated home birth, what a lovely experience for your family. Happy (belated) Birthday Julian!

  2. thanks for sharing your wonderful birth story.. love the pictures too! you have such a beautiful family

  3. What a beautiful story…thank you for sharing this.

  4. Oh what a beautiful story thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! What a great story! Babies really do know what to do…and so did mama!

  6. I enjoyed reading this so much when you sent it via email last year, I am so glad you shared it online this year. What a story it is! You are amazing, and so is your family for supporting you through the birth.

  7. While I knew some of the details, reading this in full just gives me an even stronger appreciation for your goddess-like wisdom and strength during J’s birth. I can relate to alot of what you said and remember pushing Indi’s breech body out sloooowly with all my might – just like you said with Julian.
    Our babies are so intuitive when choosing their births.
    What a empowering story, Amy. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. This experience lives within your heart and body memory.
    Leigh (one of those “birth junkies” who really enjoyed your story).

  8. What a beautiful birth story to share! You must be so proud of yourself for being and staying so strong for him. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  9. It’s lovely story and very encouraging for breech birth :)
    Thanx for sharing!

  10. Wow! The birth junkie in me is definitely standing and applauding! Such a big boy! And to be breech also, that’s just powerful!

  11. Even though I know what happened I still enjoyed re-reading your story! :) Beautiful!

  12. That’s a great story. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Yikes! I did a nine pounder, but he was my fourth, and he didn’t come backwards. So glad your MW was comfortable doing a breech at home!! :)

  14. Wow. What a beautiful birth story! Thank you so much for sharing. it is so amazing that you delivered breech AT HOME! Great job :)

  15. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing that story. Mama, i have been waiting for a year for it! Just kidding, but not totally:-)

    I had no idea he was footling. This makes me feel so calm, so much better…my baby inside, though only at 32 weeks is in every position BUT head down. And if for some reason he/she stays that way, then I know I can do it, too. Between you and Leigh, I have my guides…

  16. wow, thanks for sharing that. So many breeches are sections these days, it’s inspiring to read about a natural breech birth. Lovely photos!

  17. Wow, what an amazing story! I also had a footling breech birth, but not at home (we didn’t know she was breech, but we were using a local midwife service instead of family doctors, as we did with my first birth). It was because of the way the nurse freaked out and rushed me back for an emergency c-section (which didn’t happen because my dd, at under 4 1/2 lbs., shot out of me as I tried to hold her in ;) ), that made me decide any future births would be at home (which I wanted with this one, anyway, but dh was NOT comfortable with that). Anyway, I’m glad to hear about breech homebirth stories so that can empower women to know it can be successful. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow, what an awesome story! Amy, you rock. And your story is bringing back memories for me! Especially about the vocalizing. This birth story is such a testament to the power of believing in your (and your baby’s) ability to birth/be born. So cool. Happy birthday Julian, and happy birthing anniversary, Amy. :)

  19. Wow, what an amazing entry into this world Julian had! Great job, Mama. :o) Thanks for sharing!

  20. Happy belated birthday, Julian. Thank you for sharing your amazing birth story. :)

  21. Thanks for sharing your birth story. I had a hospital birth ending in a section with my full breech boy. I look forward to exploring home birth options next time around.

  22. Wow. What a wonderful birth story. You did great! I would love to do a home birth next time. Stories like these give me so much encouragement.

  23. Oh, what a beautiful story! And somehow there’s no panic or fear even though it was a footling breech birth. I love it.

  24. I’m so far behind on your blog, but I wanted to read Julian’s birth story first. How completely beautiful it is! I remember talking with K about you during a postpartum visit on the Friday after Thanksgiving. She said she’d let you tell me about Julian’s birth. You’ve inspired me to write up Maxwell’s. I’ve started to many times, but it always sounds so lame in comparison to the actual experience. But, you’ve captured Julian’s birth so eloquently. Maybe I can come up with something :)

  25. Oh, that brings back so many memories of K’s breech birth. So incredibly intense. Sounds like you had some awesome support, which made all the difference for me. Our bodies and our babies are quite amazing!

  26. To tell you I love the story is minimalism, but I LOVE THE STORY! And I feel bad leaving simple comments like this since I recognize the effort it took for you to write this down. It’s a beautiful story of a beautiful birth. I wish more moms had births this positive, whether at home or elsewhere.

    I really need to get Kieran’s birth story up on my blog (and I need to publish the answers to your interview questions, lol – it’s coming, I think!!!.) I missed his 6 month birthday, but maybe for birthday #1…perhaps if I start writing it soon, it’ll actually be done???

  27. Wonderful story!
    Thanks for sharing that… I also love the photo of you and your baby- he’s got such a perfectly shaped head with no ‘cone’ shape :0)

  28. Glad to hear things went well with your son. I had HELLP with my first child and ultimately did have complications of PIH with my second.

    Best wishes for your family!

  29. That’s an amazing birth story. What a great family birth! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Julian’s birth story.

  30. You have such an amazing story. I have to confess though that surprise breech is still my biggest HB fear!

  31. That is amazing! I am so jealous, I want a homebirth, but my husband will not agree. And now I am stuck with c-sections.

  32. I am writing an article about breech birth, do you mind if I share your story there as an example of a breech home birth?

  33. Perhaps someone can help me? I am writing a report on adult personalities and characteristics after having been born breech birth with the umbilical cord wrapped around their neck? Does anyone know where I could get some information about this? Carrie’s birth is great!

  34. It’s wonderful to hear about someone else who has had a vaginal breech home birth. My daughter our 2nd was born at home in a planned vaginal frank breech home birth with an experienced CPM in NC (not legal here alas) that I had seen my entire pregnancy. My daughter turned breech ~ 1 month prior to her due date. When we choose our care provider at the beginning of my pregnancy, we felt that if we had a scrap, the CPM had more home birth experience than the CNM. We didn’t know how important that choice was going to be. I did a lot of soul searching in the last month of my pregnancy and felt that my daughter wanted the chance to be born vaginally. Birth had to go like clock work or off to the big teaching hospital we would go for a c-section. I knew that I would go but was glad not to have to. We had a beautiful birth. She hung briefly at her chest and was 8lbs 6 oz 22inches. There aren’t many places where planned vaginal breech birth is allowed. We were fortunate to have an experienced care provider who was willing to work with us.

  35. Hi there– found your AWESOME story while I was googling about footling breechs (after a friend of mine had one)… curious, how old was your daughter Ava? I have a 2-yr-old I would love to have be at our birth (planned for a birth center but looking into homebirth as well). THANKS!
    E-mail me if you would.

  36. thanks for posting this. my daughter cole was a surprise frank breech baby who was born at home with a midwife, papa, and two friends attending. i’ve been trying to find other mamas who gave birth vaginally at home to breech babies. there aren’t many of us!

    cole is three months old now and the happiest baby i have ever known.

  37. We are kindred sisters! After a 12-hour labor I had a surprise double footling breech baby at home. She was almost 8 pounds and did just fine. She’s now a very chatty and sunshiny 2-year-old princess. Like Julian, she also needed a couple of rescue breaths. I gave her a tiny pinch of cayenne under the tongue also. I will treasure her amazing birth always, as I can tell you do. Awesome story!

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