"Help! My Baby is Breech!"
A topic often filled with worry, many moms want to know...
How can I get my baby to turn? Should I get an ECV? Will this mean I need a cesarean?
There are two schools of thought on this topic, as with any in birth - the medical approach and the natural approach. At the root of everything, you have your own philosophy. Beyond that, it's important to have a good relationship with your care provider, where they offer recommendations and you feel comfortable asking questions.
In this post, I want to help you explore a bit of both approaches.
We'll begin by taking a look at the whole picture.
Does your baby change positions, occasionally presenting vertex? This is referred to as an unstable lie. If your baby likes to move and change positions, from breech to vertex to transverse, it's wonderful to acknowledge they can do it on their own and your womb has room! This is a wait and see approach, and puts trust in the natural processes of pregnancy and birth. So what can you do while you wait? Care for your body! Regular chiropractic care, good posture, nutritious foods, being aware of your baby and their position.
Has your baby been persistently breech? How does your philosophy of pregnancy and birth influence how you feel about this? Do you feel safest when presented with medical options, or do you trust in the natural process taking it's course? You might feel that if your baby is stuck in a certain position, perhaps there's a reason. We don't always know what's best for baby.
It doesn't mean you know the outcome, whether baby will be born breech or head down (vertex), it just means taking a wait and see approach that trusts birth as a natural process, including variations of normal.
If you feel safest when presented with medical options, ask if an external cephalic version (ECV) is an option for you. The next step of this is to explore the risks and benefits of electing or declining this procedure. With any medical procedure, having a good relationship with your provider where you feel comfortable asking questions is key. Next, is knowing the questions to ask and how to have a conversation where you leave feeling confident with their recommendation and your decisions. A doula can help by guiding you through this step by step.
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