Great news from two of the moms in my moms' group who were on the brink of cesareans:
1. Mom #1 had two conditions that lead to cesarean: advanced maternal age (over 35) and placenta previa. Advanced maternal age is not a legitimate reason for cesarean, but doctors are more likely to push for one when the mother is over 35. However, placenta previa requires a cesarean. Luckily, most instances of placenta previa resolve before the end of pregnancy. Hers did and she delivered her daughter in Germany in an unmedicated hospital birth attended by a midwife.
2. Mom #2 was pregnant with baby #2 and all was well until he decided to turn beech after 30 weeks. She had a midwife attempt to massage the baby around, but he wouldn't budge. Fortunately, an External Cephalic Version (the difference is you can use more pressure to turn the baby and it is with monitoring) performed by a midwife in her doctor's clinic was successful. She delivered her son at home, attended by her OB here in Korea in a very short labor (less than 3 hours).
Just a little birthing inspiration for those of you diagnosed with placenta previa or breech baby. While you can't do anything about placenta previa but wait, you can try to turn your breech baby. Midwives in Korea do vaginal breech deliveries as well. Just know, that you are not out of options.
It also shows the power of sharing information. Several moms in our group had their midwives massage their breech babies back to vertex and I had an ECV in the hospital. My first birth was a scheduled cesarean due to breech because, although I knew ECV was an option, I was told it was terribly painful and didn't work and was discouraged from trying it. Not fully understanding the consequences of a primary c-section (like increased chance of placental issues in subsequent pregnancies and restrictions on labor, etc), I chose not to attempt an ECV with my first pregnancy. I ran into several people who had ECVs and they said they hurt and didn't work. If I had met just one person who said it worked, I would have tried it. I am so glad I did it with my second pregnancy.