Trainee Midwife's Breech Birth Video Viewed 30m Times: 'Sorry If I Traumatized You'

A video showing a breech birth procedure has gone viral on the video sharing platform TikTok, with thousands of viewers expressing their shock in the comment section.

As of Tuesday morning the clip had been viewed more than 30 million times since it was published in November last year, and had received more than 2.3 million likes and 35,000 comments.

The clip does not show a real breech birth procedure, but a re-enactment carried out by medics on a dummy model. Still, the clip was more than enough for some TikTok users.

A breech birth refers to a birth in which the baby is born feet-first rather than head-first. Breech births are not particularly common, accounting for around three to four percent of all full-term births, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Breech births are not as ideal as head-first births as they carry some additional risks. Most of the time, medics will perform a Cesarean birth (C-section) in order to deliver a breech baby since a vaginal delivery can be complicated and dangerous.

Other times a doctor may attempt to externally flip the baby into a head-first position prior to labor.

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Breech babies may nonetheless be born vaginally. Risks include injuries to the baby through broken or dislocated bones or problems with the umbilical cord that might lead to nerve or brain damage.

In the TikTok clip, a medic can be seen handling a model baby as it is 'birthed' through a practice doll. The baby slowly moves out feet-first before being flipped onto the model's stomach, completing the birth.

Based on the video's comment section, many viewers were concerned about several large tears present on the model's vagina. However, it is not clear from the video that these were due to the breech procedure or simply due to day-to-day wear on an often-used university training doll. As the video's author states: "Our uni needs a new practice doll ASAP."

Still, comments such as "the tear is what has me traumatized" and "if that tear is realistic then I will not be having kids" received tens of thousands of likes each.

It is not the first medical TikTok video to catch people's attention. Last year, a video showing how deep hair grows on a cadaver was watched millions of times after it was uploaded to the video platform by the Institute of Human Anatomy's official account. The account is known for its graphic yet educational videos of how the human body works.

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A stock image showing a newborn baby. A breech birth refers to a birth in which the baby is delivered feet-first. Getty Images