I Was a Premature Breech Baby

I had been born premature, as well as in whats known as breech position. In most scenarios, before birth, most babies are in a headfirst position in the mother's uterus. Sometimes, the baby is in a bottom-first (also known as feet-first) position. The bottom-first posistion is referred to as a breech baby. (“Breech Babies: What Can I Do If My Baby Is Breech?”). It is estimated that 3–5% of pregnant women will have a breech baby. Breech babies are considered at higher risk with a number of complications through vaginal birth.

Nuchal chord

A nuchal cord is known as a condition when the umbilical cord will become wrapped around the baby’s neck. Nuchal cords are known to interrupt the flow of blood to a baby, and can be wrapped around more than once. Luckily for me, my mothers nuchal cord didn’t affect my oxygenated blood flow. Chances are the cord wasn't wrapped tight enough around my neck to cause any damage. The diagram below shows the difference between a normal babies anatomy, compared to nuchal chord condition.

Club Foot

Then I was diagnosed with a condition known as clubfoot. (I know it sounds strange, I was even more embarassed about it.. than you'd know.) “Clubfoot is a birth defect where one or both feet are rotated inward and downward” (“Clubfoot”). It is estimated that around 50% of cases of clubfoot affect both feet. (both my feet exhibited club foot.)The exact cause of clubfoot is typically or unusually known. But, environmental and genetics are believed to be involved. The doctors told my mother that I may never be able to walk correctly. This doctors opinion was over 20 years ago..

The Ponseti Method

The Ponseti method is known as a treatment in attempt to correct clubfoot over the course of several stages. "The Ponseti Method is highly effective with short-term success rates of 90%. However, anywhere from 14% to 41% of children experience a recurrence of the deformity.[16] The most common reason for this is inadequate adherence to bracing, such as not wearing the brace properly, not keeping it on for the recommended length of time, or not using it every day. Children who do not follow proper bracing protocol have up to 7 times higher recurrence rates than those who follow bracing protocol, as the muscles around the foot can pull it back into the abnormal position" ("Clubfoot").

Going forward

Going forward with the Ponseti Method of serial casting, the doctors had changed their reaction of my feet towards my mom. Instead of not being able to walk again, and corrected their statement: "Your daughter will never be a dancer". But this was relief to my mother who initially was led to believe I wasn't going to be able to walk correctly. I'll probably edit this more in the future.

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“Clubfoot.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 17 July 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clubfoot.

Staff, Familydoctor.org Editorial. “Breech Babies: What Can I Do If My Baby Is Breech?” Familydoctor.org, American Academy of Family Physicians, 7 June 2018, familydoctor.org/breech-babies-what-can-i-do-if-my-baby-is-breech/.