Follow me on my journey of trying to flip that baby in time for my home birth and in order to avoid the dreaded cesarean section that is the alternative. Special thanks to my midwives at: The Natural Birthing Center (http://thenaturalbirthingcenter.com), Kitara at Georgetown Acupuncture and Herbs, Dr. Nixon at Back in Motion Chiropractic (http://www.backinmotiontexas.com/), Dr. Arturo Romero for being so cool about letting me wait until the absolute last minute to schedule my cesarean in hopes of the baby turning around (you’ll have to watch the video to see what happens), and of course my family, for their unwavering support no matter what decision I would have made. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for more on health, lifestyle, and conspiracy minded news, and check out my playlist called “My Pregnancy” for more pregnancy vlogs.
Technique # 1: Lay on your back inverted on a board propped up on the couch to encourage that baby to flip. Stay there for 15 minutes.
You may feel some stretching in your abdominal muscles; especially in 100 situps and 30 push ups at the time are a normal occurrence for you, like they were for me. I wonder if my athletic build is actually what caused this. I guess that’s good news for you sedentary folk out there; and bad news for you exercise fanatics. Tight obliques and psoas definitely added to my breech plight.
Technique # 2: Put something cold on top of your belly to flip the baby’s head down. Or put something warm, musical, or bright near the bottom of your tummy to attract the baby.
Don’t be surprised if nothing happens, or if the baby simply kicks at it, or for the baby to start to move in that general direction but only make it halfway then flip back up. It could be because the cord is restricting the baby’s movement. That is why you should not attempt an external cephalic version (ECV) at home.
Technique # 3: External Cephalic Version (ECV). This is where you go to a doctor and they try to move your baby with the help of an ultrasound machine.
They try to verify the location of the baby and the cord before doing so, and many doctors will not attempt to do this past 37 weeks along for fear of risking the baby. There is a risk of a ruptured placenta, meaning an immediate cesarean if things go wrong. This has to be done in a hospital in case of that happening. Sometimes they work. Sometimes the baby pops right back up anyway. Some people say it hurts while others say it does not.
Technique # 4: Okay this is a list several really. Go to a hollistic practitioner. Why not?
There is the chiropractic Webster technique which is supposedly very succesful if you go by 36 weeks. There is acupressure, acupuncture, massage therapy, aromatherapy, homeopathy, certain stretches, meditation, and myofascial release.