At 37 weeks your midwife will check to see the position of your baby, at this point most babies have turned from the breech position to the vertex position in preparation for birth. This generally happens without you realising it, especially if it occurs in you sleep.
Occasionally this turn is delayed and if that is the case your mid wife will generally tell you that you'll have to have a cesarean. Before you get to that stage there are some things that can be done:
- External Cephalic Version (ECV) If your baby remains in the breech position by late pregnancy, your obstetrician can try to turn her by hand. This procedure is called external cephalic version (ECV). During an ECV your obstetrician places firm but gentle pressure on your tummy to encourage your baby to turn a somersault in your womb (uterus). The success of this may vary from obstetrician to obstetrician based on the their experience and the position of the baby. You may wish to discuss this option with your caregivers.
- Moxibuston Moxibustion is a form of traditional Chinese medicine. A practitioner will burn a herb called Artemesia vulgaria and hold it close to the outer edge of the little toe in order to turn baby from a breech position to head down. Moxibustion is a safe and natural way to baby. If you are interested in using Moxibustion always seek out a licensed acupuncturist that speaciases in the treatment of pregnant women.
- Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy is a safe and gentle way to encourage your baby to change from a breech position to a head down position. Often breech babies are in a breech position because the muscles in and around the uterus are tight and are not allowing baby to turn easily. Feelings of fear and anxiety may be keeping these muscles tight.Through the use of relaxation and gentle suggestions, many mothers are able to completely relax and release tension from this area enabling babies to turn all on their own. This method is extremely gentle and safe for both mothers and babies.In a clinical study, hypnosis was found to be 81% effective in turning babies head down. A researcher at the University of Vermont, Burlington, USA, used hypnosis with 100 pregnant women whose babies were in the breech position between the 37th and 40th week of gestation. The women received hypnosis with suggestions for general relaxation and release of fear and anxiety. While under hypnosis, the women were also asked why their baby was in the breech position. 81% of the babies in the hypnosis group moved to the vertex position, compared with 48% of the control group. Hypnosis was most effective for the women motivated to use the technique. Aside from the visualisation involved, the deep relaxation of hypnosis can help your abdomen to relax enough to allow the baby to turn if it wants to.
Of course there are times when babies just won't turn, this is quiet often for a medical reason such as:
- An early arrival, babies born earlier in pregnancy than full term and hadn’t had time to turn head down.
- Two studies show that more mothers of breech babies have low thyroid function compared to all women who don’t have a breech baby at time of birth. This may show a metabolic connection to fetal position.
- A low lying placenta blocks the room for the head
- The cord is wrapped around the baby
- The first time mom has a tight abdomen, super strong core, less water
- The mom whose birthed about 5 or more times, has a loose womb and baby isn’t prompted to turn head down by muscle tone
If this is case a cesarean section is the best option for both mum and baby.
What can you do now
If you would like further general information on turning a breech baby visit the Spinning Babies website. For information on The use of moxibustion and locating a practitioner visit the ATCM. Alternatively, contact me to make an in-person appointment for hypnotherapy to turn a breech baby or purchased the digital download to use in the comfort of your own home here.
How to Use the Breech Baby MP3:
- Use at a time when you have nothing else to distract you. If you have children at home make sure another responsible adult is home to take care of them. Switch off all other distractions.
- Lay down as stretched out, flat and as comfortable as you can in the comfort of your bed or sofa. If laying down flat is uncomfortable use extra pillows to slightly raise and support one side of your back.
- Allow yourself to breathe deeply, relax fully and visualise your baby turning into the head down position.
- The idea of the MP3 is for the muscles of your uterus be free from tension giving your baby space to move round freely. It may happen whilst you are listening or later on whilst you are sleeping.
- The breech baby MP3 is accumulative,so you can use this as often as you like so go for it!
- NB: Never use whilst operating machinery or driving.