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well at my last appointment with my midwife, at 34 weeks, the baby appeared to be a "footling breech". she did a vaginal exam and felt a leg. it doesn't seem that the baby has moved at all, there's a super rock hard spot at the top of my uterus that can only be a head. i've been trying all the at-home manuevers i can find, spinningbabies.com was a good resource, i've been doing the inversion and trying the whole ice pack theory and have consulted with my friend who is a doula, apprenticing with a homebirth midwife. the little bugger just won't budge! the midwife said if he hadn't turned by my 37 week appointment that she'd refer me to her back-up doctor to do the external version. from everything i've read, i was under the impression that this technique was a last resort...am i wrong? i'd like to try a chiropractor or acupuncture first. my next appointment with her is on the 20th, it'll be 36 weeks and if he still hasn't moved then i'm gonna talk to her about trying these things first, and hopefully get her approval.
i'm just sort of starting to freak out that it's getting to be too late. my belly seems really tight and hard, i can't imagine it's relaxed enough for him to actually be able to move even if he wants to. i've heard lots of people say that babies can turn at any time, even in labor. but i'm worried they won't let me go into labor if he doesn't move soon. unfortunately the midwife and her back-up don't deliver breechs, so it would be a c-section. i went through all kinds of stress to switch from an OB and find a new hospital and get a midwife so that i could have a better chance of giving birth naturally, and i'm starting to worry it might all be in vain. *sigh*
so does anyone have experience with an external version? or the Webster Technique? i've heard it's very effective, probably moreso than the EV. do you think the chances of him turning on his own in the next week or so are any good?
thanks for any advice ladies, i'm all stressed out over this, which i know isn't helping
I'm sorry I don't have any advice, just wanted to offer
I hope the little guy turns on his own so you can have the NCB that you want.
I would definitely talk about some other options to the version with your midwife (chiro, acupunture, etc.).
Wishing you all the best!
I don't have any words of wisdom, but I do have a question....may sound like a stupid question, sorry! (this is my first baby so I still have lots to learn).
Okay, you said your midwife "did a vaginal exam a felt a leg". Okay, how is this possible? Maybe I'm not familiar with my anatomy enough but.....the uterus is beyond the vagine, closed off by the cervix, right? So how could she go through that to "feel" a leg? Sorry if I sound stupid, I just feel confused!
I'll be praying that baby turns around for you!
__________________ "....in every victory, let it be said of me....my source of strength is Christ alone."
I have an article that I scanned from an old issue of Mothering magazine that is fantastic. It has 11 ways to get the baby to turn, with diagrams. If you want it let me know, I can email it to you.
as far as feeling, midwives are trained to recognize body parts by touch. You can tell these things without u/s, it's just that Ob's would rather use technology. Once you get late in your pregnancy you will understand more, a head feels different than a limb. It's rounder, bigger, limbs are pointy, jut out, move around a lot. That kind of thing. I think you just need to experience it to get it, KWIM?