Bruno’s Birth Story

Five weeks before her due date, a Washington State mother learns from her out-of-hospital midwives that they will be unable to care for her because her baby is breech. A decision to drive to Oregon, where midwives can assist breech births at home is made, but baby has other plans. In the end, the couple’s Oregon midwife assists via phone and Bruno is born butt-first at home, into his mother’s hands.

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About Author: Ada da Silva

Ada da Silva gave birth to Bruno, her first child and a footling breech, unattended at home in August 2009. She has since started the blog Breech Birth Seattle ( in order to inform local women about their birth options.

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