That's my occiput...Read about head-down fetal positions here. Go to the Breech section to read about head-up babies.

The Belly Mapping how-to article may give you clues to your own baby's position.

Anterior Placenta

What is the effect of an anterior placenta on fetal positioning? 

An anterior placenta means that the placenta is located on the front of the uterus. Most of the baby will be hidden behind it. 

It is a common belief that the anterior placement of the placenta causes the baby to be posterior. The fact that this is sometimes true doesn't mean it is always true. Babies can be anterior with an anterior placenta. Abdominal tone, when loosened, can allow the baby to turn away from the placenta and face the mother's back.

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Chin tucking to engage

Flexion into the brim of pelvis helps the baby fit through the pelvis. Flexion refers to the tucking of the baby’s chin, often the first step to engagement of the head and the start of labor. 

Flexion, or chin tucking, is more important than starting labor with an anterior head position!

Many posterior babies can be born with natural labor when we help them engage with their chin tucked. Water broke? After the 3 Sisters of Balance, begin gentle forward lunges to help achieve flexion. Learn about both flexion and engagement here.

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Occiput Transverse

ROTOcciput Transverse (OT or OL)

The baby is facing the hip. (Occiput Lateral in the UK, AUS and NZ.) 

"Please explain why it is better for a baby to be positioned LOT (Left Occiput Transverse) as opposed to ROT (Right Occiput Transverse) for birth? What can be done to encourage baby to turn from ROT?"


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