Turning Breech Babies

I love doing what I do. I love it even more when I get a call from a client who has had the birth they wanted after their breech baby has turned.  There are lots of methods I use to encourage this during a Breech Baby Bootcamp, they are all non invasive, and done in a way which does not cause stress and anxiety to the mother or the baby.

There was a time when midwives and doctors were skilled in attending a breech birth, but the knowledge needed has now dwindled to the point of being non existent, even though many mothers can birth breech babies safely.  The truth is that delivering breech can come with its risks but, so can a c-section.  As a holistic practitioner I use several different natural methods to encourage a baby to turn, and teach women how to continue with these methods when they get home, to give their baby the best chance of turning.

Women with breech babies are usually offered an External Cephalic Version (ECV), which can be very emotional and painful for the mother experiencing it.  I would rather clients not have to go through that if possible.

What is a version?

The pregnant mother is given a drug to relax the uterus and prevent uterine contractions.  The doctor then takes both hands, one at the head and one on the rear and attempts to turn the baby into head down position.

This procedure can be very stressful, emotional and painful for the mother.  Especially if the procedure does not work.  What many pregnant mothers don’t know is that there are many natural methods in order to turn a breech baby and a doctor attempting to turn a breech little one should be a very last resort.  Some babies are even known to turn just before or during labour.

Natural Methods for Turning a Breech Baby

Natural methods in order to turn a breech baby can be very effective, and are less stressful and invasive than having an ECV.  I use moxibustion treatments, relaxation, visualisation, physical maneuvers and exercises to encourage a breech baby to turn.  The sessions I run, called Breech Baby Bootcamps have around an 80% success rate.

Moxibustion Treatment: 

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, warming the Bladder 67 (or Zhi Yin) point in the small toe will create warming energy (Yang) in the pelvic floor. This warming energy will cause movement. The uterus is also situated in the pelvic floor, and the movement will cause the baby to move which can result in the turning of the baby.

According to western medical science, the moxa-therapy improves the blood circulation of the womb. This enhances the maturing process and increases the chance of the baby turning spontaneously. Furthermore, moxa probably stimulates the adrenal gland and the hormones the adrenal gland produces, and positively affects the muscular tissue of the womb. Owing to this, the baby would become more active and ultimately, could turn.

The benefits of moxa-therapy:

The treatment is safe for mum and baby, and can be relaxing.

There are no side effects.

Moxa treatment is 75% successful, increasing the chances of a straightforward birth.

Hypnotherapy for turning a breech baby:

Hypnotherapy may help pregnant women turn their breech baby around to the normal head-first, or vertex, position.  Again, this is a safe relaxing therapy for both mum and baby.  A researcher at the University of Vermont, Burlington, used hypnosis with one hundred pregnant women whose fetuses were in the breech (feet-first) position between the thirty-seventh and fortieth week of gestation.

The intervention group 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.

The study, which appeared in the Archives of Family Medicine, reported that 81 percent of the fetuses in the hypnosis group moved to the head down position, compared with 48 percent of the control group.   The treatment was most effective for the women motivated to use the technique.

Exercises and Maneuvers to help a breech baby to turn:

The Inversion can help get baby in the optimal position for birth.  It can give baby ample room and free space in order to move into the correct positioning.

This position a mother can begin doing at 30 weeks gestation unless she has medical concerns.  It can be practiced 1-3 times a day in order to turn a breech baby.

During the bootcamp we also use a releasing maneuver to give your baby the space to turn.

Sometimes babies don’t turn for one reason or another.  It is important to practice relaxation and stress relief techniques in order to allow yourself to help ease the tension.  Anxiety and worry can be your worst enemy.  Childbirth is often a mental game.  Help baby feel relaxed and at ease by allowing yourself to relax.  Allow others to care for you and take care of yourself.  This may also help baby to feel comfortable enough to move into a head down position.

To find out more about the Breech Baby Bootcamp or any other treatment I offer email rachel@tenderfoot.me.uk or call 07771 882614.

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