Baby girl amazes doctors as she is born looking like a ‘ready-to-eat counter chicken’6 min read

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A baby girl amazed doctors when she was born looking like a ‘ready-to-eat counter chicken’ with her legs flung forward and feet beside her shoulders.

Willow Flather-Paziuk, now one month old, stunned an entire team of doctors, who branded her a ‘little gymnast’ because of her flexible pose.

And her mother Lily Paziuk, 20, affectionately dubbed her daughter ‘little chicken’, saying her strange position has a hilarious likeness to cooked poultry.

Doctors say Willow’s unusual position is not down to any condition – and is instead likely to be from her being trapped in the womb with her feet behind her shoulders.

Willow, who bent her knees the day after she was born, still prefers to sleep with her legs by her sides. She hasn’t been harmed by her position.

Willow Flather-Paziuk, now one month old, stunned an entire team of doctors, who branded her a 'little gymnast' because of her flexible pose (pictured in the position after birth)

Willow Flather-Paziuk, now one month old, stunned an entire team of doctors, who branded her a 'little gymnast' because of her flexible pose (pictured in the position after birth)

Willow Flather-Paziuk, now one month old, stunned an entire team of doctors, who branded her a ‘little gymnast’ because of her flexible pose (pictured in the position after birth)

Willow still prefers to sleep with her legs by her sides. She hasn't been harmed by her position (pictured last week with a toy chicken at home)

Willow still prefers to sleep with her legs by her sides. She hasn't been harmed by her position (pictured last week with a toy chicken at home)

Willow still prefers to sleep with her legs by her sides. She hasn’t been harmed by her position (pictured last week with a toy chicken at home)

Miss Paziuk, from Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, admitted her daughter’s position was a ‘big surprise’. She said: ‘I’ve never heard of it before.

‘I had no idea babies could be born like that. I thought her feet were back to front at first and wondered what was going on.

‘We call her little chicken because she still puts her legs out to the side all the time, even in the position she sleeps in. She does just look like a little chicken.’ 

Midwives had told Miss Paziuk at every scan that Willow had her ‘hands’ over her face.

But she has since realised it was never her hands – and it was instead her daughter’s feet covering her face.

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Miss Paziuk said: ‘I’ve got a scan photo at 15 weeks where she’s got her legs down.

‘But then the scan photos after that they always said to me “we can’t see her face, we can’t see her face, she’s got her hands all over her face”.

‘They knew her legs were up but they thought her feet were going behind her head – but they were over her face.

Doctors say Willow's unusual position is not down to any condition - and is instead likely to be from her being trapped in the womb with her feet behind her shoulders (pictured in the strange position shortly after birth)

Doctors say Willow's unusual position is not down to any condition - and is instead likely to be from her being trapped in the womb with her feet behind her shoulders (pictured in the strange position shortly after birth)

Doctors say Willow’s unusual position is not down to any condition – and is instead likely to be from her being trapped in the womb with her feet behind her shoulders (pictured in the strange position shortly after birth)

Her mother Lily Paziuk underwent a caesarean so wasn't able to immediately see Willow, born weighing 7lbs 8oz, after she was delivered (pictured in the strange position shortly after birth)

Her mother Lily Paziuk underwent a caesarean so wasn't able to immediately see Willow, born weighing 7lbs 8oz, after she was delivered (pictured in the strange position shortly after birth)

Her mother Lily Paziuk underwent a caesarean so wasn’t able to immediately see Willow, born weighing 7lbs 8oz, after she was delivered (pictured in the strange position shortly after birth)

WHAT WAS HER POSITION IN THE WOMB? 

Doctors say Willow’s unusual position is not down to any condition – and is instead likely to be from her being trapped in the womb with her feet behind her shoulders.

In medical terms, this is often because the baby is a ‘frank breech’, where the foetus’ legs are straight up in front of their body, and the feet are near the head.  

A breech baby is one that is positioned feet first – as opposed to head first. However, it is unclear if Willow was feet first or not.

Breech babies carry higher risks of trauma during delivery, and can cause a loop in the umbilical cord if they are born vaginally. 

Most pregnant women found to be carrying a breech baby are offered a medical procedure to turn them around in the womb. Failing that, they are usually booked in for a caesarean.

‘It makes a lot more sense now that she’s out and they saw that her legs were in that position as well.’ 

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Miss Paziuk underwent a caesarean so wasn’t able to immediately see Willow, born weighing 7lbs 8oz, after she was delivered.

She admitted she was ‘quite out of it’ but could remember the doctors being ‘shocked’.

Miss Paziuk said: ‘I could hear them all talking about it but I didn’t know what they were on about. They were all calling her a little gymnast.’

When she was taken back to the ward, midwives were laughing that they couldn’t get Willow’s feet into her baby grow.

Miss Paziuk added: ‘It was definitely a big surprise for me to see her. 

‘I went to change her nappy for the first time and they just sprung out. I was like “oh my god”.

‘It was like the elephant in the room because I had loads of visitors come and see us and her legs would spill out and no one dared ask about it.

Her mother Lily Paziuk, 20, affectionately dubbed her daughter 'little chicken', saying her strange position has a hilarious likeness to cooked poultry

Her mother Lily Paziuk, 20, affectionately dubbed her daughter 'little chicken', saying her strange position has a hilarious likeness to cooked poultry

Her mother Lily Paziuk, 20, affectionately dubbed her daughter ‘little chicken’, saying her strange position has a hilarious likeness to cooked poultry

Willow, who bent her knees the day after she was born, still prefers to sleep with her legs by her sides (pictured in her cot at home)

Willow, who bent her knees the day after she was born, still prefers to sleep with her legs by her sides (pictured in her cot at home)

Willow, who bent her knees the day after she was born, still prefers to sleep with her legs by her sides (pictured in her cot at home)

‘It’ll definitely be a joke as she grows older. I’ll never let her forget it. I think she’ll be very flexible. She can still get back into that position even now.

‘When I go to change her nappy sometimes she flings her legs back into that position. She remembers it very well.’

Willow bent her knees the day after she was born – but still prefers to lie her legs in a ‘frog’s legs’ position to the sides of her body.

Miss Paziuk believes her daughter may have become trapped in the strange position after she ran out of room in the womb to move her legs down.

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The position is often seen in a ‘frank breech’ in the womb, where the foetus’ legs are straight up in front of their body, and the feet are near the head. 

Women carrying their babies this way are often booked in for a C-section to ensure a safe delivery. It is unsure if this is why Miss Paziuk had a caesarean, and it is unknown if she was carrying a breech baby – where they sit in the womb feet first.  

Miss Paziuk was scared that moving Willow’s legs may hurt her and was disappointed she couldn’t dress her up in any new baby grows. 

She added: ‘I felt bad because I spent a fortune on all these little baby clothes and she couldn’t wear any of them. 

Miss Paziuk, from Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, admitted her daughter's position was a 'big surprise'. She said: 'I've never heard of it before'

Miss Paziuk, from Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, admitted her daughter's position was a 'big surprise'. She said: 'I've never heard of it before'

Miss Paziuk, from Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, admitted her daughter’s position was a ‘big surprise’. She said: ‘I’ve never heard of it before’

‘She could only wear vests because her legs wouldn’t go in anything. She bent her knees the day after, but they were up at her side for about three weeks.

‘I struggled to hold her and couldn’t change her nappy. I didn’t even know where to begin.

‘It was really funny, but I was scared of hurting her as well. I was trying to work out if I could put her legs together.

‘The midwife checked her over and said it’s not unheard of, but it is quite uncommon to see something like that.’

Miss Paziuk added: ‘Willow is all good now. She’s had an ultrasound on her hips and they’re all fine. Her legs are back to a normal position and are fully straight now.

‘She still sleeps in the same position though with her legs at the side. It must be a comforting position for her, bless her.’