Sometimes the gorgeous design for fetal positioning is tampered with by cultural habits (slouching on the couch), poor nutrition (low iodine), or even the mistaken habits of the health practitioner or other helper (over use of epidural, esp. before 5 cm dilation; occasionally, restricting a woman to her back).
A good, ideal, or optimal fetal position is flexed (curled), and facing the mother's right hip or mother's back. These positions are called anterior or left occiput transverse.
Malpositions are "military" presentation, or a baby with an extended (lifted) chin; posterior; direct posterior; right occiput posterior; right occiput posterior; oblique lie; transverse lie; and, in modern culture, breech. There are various reasons babies may end up in a less than ideal position. Some babies will face more than one factor reducing their chance at a good fetal position.
Cultural habits include:
- Slouching on the couch
- Crossing our legs
- Driving frequently, which causes an imbalance between the right and left leg and hips
- Too little walking and exercise or over exercise (super strong "core")
Trauma reasons might include
- Sports injuries
- Injuries to the pelvis, neck, jaw, or sacrum
- Fender benders
- Long term or acute fear without an ability to say, "No!" as this may constrict the psoas muscle pair.
Poor nutrition might lead to
- Low thyroid function
- Low Vitamin D (hormonal health)
- Calcium Magnesium imbalance (muscle tone)
- Lifeless foods (function!)
Labor management habits that encourage malposition
- Restricting mothers to bed by monitoring, medications, or epidural (this might be more problematic for babies starting labor in the OP or ROT/ROL positions)
- Epidurals which may soften the pelvic floor (and occasionally this softening is helpful but not always, especially not for a first time mother before 5 cm)
- Ignoring signs (because they aren't recognized!) of posterior presentation
- Waiting to see if baby rotates without moving the mother or sometimes, without doing a sidelying release or other technique to address the fetal position in regards to station of the pelvis
The main thing to know is that its not the mother or the baby's fault. We all have to live in our culture, in a body in gravity and things happen. But we can do simple things to get wonderful results - most of the time!!
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.