“MY SON ARRIVED AFTER JUST THREE PUSHES”
After being turned manually from a breech position, Korrin’s second baby was born naturally
Korrin wasted no time at all with the birth of her second child
KORRIN MARSHALL, 33, AND HUSBAND DAMIEN, 39, ARE PARENTS TO SCARLETT, 16 MONTHS, AND WILLIAM, 10 WEEKS
My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at our eldest child’s six-month check-up to get confirmation we were expecting another baby. It was sooner than anticipated, but happy news. The pregnancy progressed much like my first one did – relatively normal with no morning sickness – although I was extra tired, due to chasing around after an active firstborn.
At my 34-week scan, we discovered the baby was in a breech position. I wasn’t too worried as I knew there was time for bub to move head down. However, as my due date grew closer I began to look at ways to encourage the baby to turn. I tried various exercises, cold packs on the stomach and acupuncture, but there was no change.
Three weeks later, my doctor confirmed bub was still breech and that I’d be booked in for a surgical delivery. I really didn’t want to be recovering from a caesarean with a newborn and a 14-month-old, so I asked for a referral to the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney’s Randwick. A specialist doctor there was known for performing External Cephalic Version (ECV) and had succeeded in turning a number of breech babies, so I wanted to know if this could be an option for us.
Fortunately we met with this doctor the following day – at 37.5 weeks, my time was limited as our baby was also on the larger side. After assessing the baby, its position and other vital signs, he advised us he’d be happy to attempt an ECV and believed he would have 60 per cent success. So on the same day, and with only two attempts, our baby was successfully turned from breech position. We were delighted as it meant a higher chance of a natural delivery.
The next few days were event-free, until 2am the week before my due date when I roused to contractions. They were manageable until about 6am, when I woke my husband to say we should go to the hospital. We arrived just before 7am, and I was assessed at 8cm dilated. I asked my midwife for an epidural, but first she had to phone my doctor and break my waters. However, my next contraction was so intense it broke my waters and I felt the need to push. She barely had time to assist me into a more manageable position and call for other midwives before our baby boy was born. My husband, who’d just been to grab a coffee, almost missed it! Our baby was born 75 minutes after we arrived at hospital – and with just three pushes!
Little William weighed 3.74kgs and measured 52cm. Big sister Scarlett was very curious and excited to meet this new addition to our family. After a couple of nights in hospital, we headed home to settle into our new life with two kids under two. Second time around is easier in many ways, especially with breastfeeding, but sometimes it can be a challenge to comfort them both when they’re crying at the same time! With only 14 months between them, I hope they grow up to be close friends and look out for each other.