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November 6th, 2006, 07:34 PM
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If so, how far along were you at the time? Did it work? Were you able to deliver vaginally? Were there any problems? Did the doc warn you about potential problems? Did it hurt? Any anything else you can tell me about it?
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November 6th, 2006, 08:23 PM
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I have not, but Ive known a few who have had it. definitely do your research. Use it as a last resort, if at all! There are certainly risks associated with it, and to top it off, there are safer & more effective ways of turning the baby.

First - check out spinningbabies.com. Also - call around and find a chiropractor that is familiar with the webster technique & find out what his success rate is. Book an appt, asap. Usually within 2 - 3 appts at most, they can get the baby turned. The Webster Technique is common, safe, not painful, no negative effects. Ive also heard some use accupuncture, but Webster Technique seems to have the best record by far. It focuses on loosening the ligaments gently with only gentle pressure which in turn gives the uterus & baby more room and encourages the baby to turn head down (and the room to do so).

External versions dont have the same success rate, theyre extremely painful (ive known OBs to give epidurals for external versions if that tells you anything), and can result in premature rupture of membranes, which can be a big problem.

Definitely keep in mind - babies can turn at any time... some even at the onset of labor. its never too late for a baby to turn. Many a moms have had scheduled csections from an ultrasound showing a breechbaby one day only for them to do the cesarean the next day & find a head down baby. Give that baby some time

Also - try using an ironing board or the like and doing inversions on your couch - head down and but up by the couch using the ironing board for support. Many moms also put ice at the top of their belly & music at the bottom of their belly to encourage the baby to turn. Pelvic tilts also work well. Do these exercises faithfully along with some other on the website I recommended, and see a chiro and chances are likely you can avoid the external version & all its risks & get the baby turned successfully


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November 11th, 2006, 05:26 AM
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I had an external version recently. At my 36.5 week appt., my dr. informed me that my baby was transverse. She told me that at this point it is highly unlikely that my baby would turn. We could try the external version, but we needed to do it soon, because baby was running out of room for it to be successful. That next morning, I went to L&D to have it done. She informed me of any risks, but said that they were rare, which is why they had it done at the hospital, and kept me & baby for observation for an hour after the procedure.

As far as the pain involved... I'm sure you might get different answers for this one, because everyone views pain differently. It was intense & uncomfortable, but bearable. I think the fact that it only lasted a few seconds with each try to turn the baby, that it wasn't too bad. There were short breaks in between tries, and they tried a total of 4 times. My external version didn't work. I did however go to spinningbabies.com, and tried a couple of the exercises there. I also put ice on her head. At my next appt. my baby was head down. So it is never too late for baby to turn, and even if the version doesn't work, don't give up hope.

Good luck...
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