A breech presentation is a tricky situation. Especially in upstate SC. To my knowledge, the closest care provider willing to vaginally deliver a breech baby is in Asheville or Bamburg. There may be a few “underground” midwives as well. But should you choose to have a hospital birth, you won’t find local options other than cesarean. It is a shame. In Sweden, 52% of breech babies are delivered vaginally with no statistical difference in outcome.
I’ve often wondered what I would do if I found myself with a breech presentation. First line of defense: do everything possible to get the baby to turn!
Only about 5% of all babies are breech at term. There are many suggestions for turning a breech baby physically, such as swimming, using a slant board, massage, moxibustion, pelvic tilt, etc.
Another excellent resource is the Spinning Babies website which has information on turning babies in several challenging positions.
In addition to these techniques, we have another amazing tool that helps breech babies turn to the head-down position – our own powerful minds! Since the baby in utero is part of the mother, it is registered as so by the subconscious mind, which can be directed to make changes in the mother’s body. Release of fears that can constrict muscles is also used in hypnosis sessions, to help the mother relax and allow her baby to turn. The body is controlled completely by the mind, which is how our Hypnobabies moms can use hypnosis to stop-preterm labor, eliminate nausea and insomnia and of course, create a much easier and more comfortable childbirth experience. Using hypnosis to turn breech babies has been more successful than using other techniques alone. In a study done at a prominent university, 81% of the babies turned to vertex position with the use of hypnosis. See study abstract at the bottom of this post.
At Hypnobabies, we suggest all women consider how powerful their mind is and use it during pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum to enhance their comfort, health and safety, as well as that of their precious baby. Your mind can direct your body in such a positive way–use it! If your baby is breech, you can find a well-trained hypnotherapist in your area or visit Hypnobabies for information on our Turn Your Breech Baby CD and Mp3 tracks.
Turn, baby, turn!