I am at 36 weeks 3 days, this is my second pregnancy. My first baby was 9.5 pounds (I'm 5'3), and was delivered via an emergency C-section due to fetal distress ... It was an traumatic event, as I had hoped to deliver naturally, but ended up with an induction, epidural, and eventually a C-section ...
So, needless to say, I have hoped, planned, and worked toward a VBAC for this pregnancy since day one, which was supported by my new OB. This plan was upended drastically yesterday when I had an exam and then ultrasound which confirmed the baby, who was head down at my 32 week ultrasound, is now transverse -
From her first birth, "I could feel much of the procedure because my epidural wasn't positioned correctly. I was in excruciating pain."
This baby now had ..."his head on my right side, bottom on my left!"
My OB said hospital policy prohibits breech births, and that with a transverse position my only options were to do an external version, and if that failed, schedule a C-section. He said the success rate of versions is only about 20%, but that I might be successful as the baby was head down a few weeks ago. He also mentioned that due to the fact the baby moved so late, I'd be at risk of him moving back to transverse or breech even if the version was successful.
So here are my questions... I noted on your site that the options to try were Rebozo Sifting, Forward Leaning Inversion, Breech Tilt, and Pelvic Floor Release. I was wondering if you had specific time lengths/frequencies I should attempt these (my OB said all should be safe for me to do so long as I stopped if anything felt uncomfortable). I am scheduled for a version next week... I'm not willing to give up yet!
I was devastated yesterday after my appointment (several hours of crying and feeling sorry for myself), but have collected my wits and decided I'm not ready to give up yet. I am hoping I can get the baby to turn, and then keep him in the head down before I go in for my appointment for the version.
Any suggestions that you have to help this process would be greatly appreciated. My resources here in northern Vermont are very limited, and I am feeling a little isolated. My Doctor was not familiar with many of the options you had on your site, so he couldn't speak to their effectiveness. My friend who recommended your site, lives in another state. Using your techniques she was successful at flipping a transverse baby and having a VBAC - which is my ultimate goal.
Mostly your email is about facing the trauma of your first birth and the panic of this news. My love goes out to you for this imposing challenge you face. Let's see what we can do for you.
The success of flipping the transverse baby is likely better than 20% after 4-5 forward leaning inversions in 24 hours (plus doing the other techniques at least once during that time and try the sidelying after the first forward leaning inversion.)
Eat well- no white sugar, white flour, white potatoes. Eat greens and salt-to-taste and seaweeds. Drink 10 ounces of warm water before any other food in the morning to really move your bowels in a cleansing way that is safe for pregnancy. Eat some slow cooked meat fats like a tender roast (but not fried bacon, right?) Eat even more greens. A couple eggs a day and organic, they can be made into a recipe but don't get into eating a bunch of baked goods, Darling. Get your protein needs met, very important, but not through milk and cheese and yoghurt so much, a little of that can be good, a bunch slogs down the metabolism turning to "sugar" in your blood and boosting baby's size. Two pounds of growth [more, from this day of gestation] would be ideal. I have helped MANY women 5'3 and under with babies 9.5 and bigger. That's so common here in MN. This is a midwife talking, with training in physiological birth, and not in surgery. You, my Dear, have a surgeon for your care. Yet you can still give birth. You might not be able to rely on your surgeon to guide you in physiological birth.
Walk up to 3 miles a day starting slow, and resolve the chronic tension or twist in your deeper pelvic muscles and/or tension in your psoas. Find a myofascial therapist close by who works with pregnant women (but NO Direct psoas massage).
I'll be in Keene, New Hampshire on Oct. 3rd. about your due date. Come on down to the hospital there aboutIF your baby is still transverse for one more attempt. Bring your lunch so you don't get low blood sugar.
But meanwhile, try to stay out of the car for any long trip or don't drive everyday without undoing the stiffness to your lower back and pelvis of a car ride. But there's more,
free the piriformis with forward bends, lunges, calf stretches and so on. Ok, I'm going on here. It is in the site.
Feel happy and hopeful and talk to your baby. Welcome baby and love up your birthing body. You will enjoy the success you accomplish. Turn your worry into positive actions.
Balance now will help the manual version next week if it is even still needed. Keep reading the site. But you may benefit if you stand or sit straight on a birth ball, and stay out of the chair!~
Take care, Candice. Keep it moving and keep talking to VBAC women. You have a good chance of changing this prognosis!
Thank you so much for the information. I will give these suggestions a try. I only have a few days to try to turn the baby myself, my appointment for the version is this Monday. I've been doing the inversion several times the past two days (I'll start the other exercises this evening), and noticed the baby trying to turn several times last night, but it feels like he keeps getting hung up on my right hip.
I do see a chiropractor (actually had my last appt Wed), and have my pelvis/hip area adjusted on both sides each time.
I have an anterior placenta so (in reading your site) is another smaller hurdle I'm going to have to overcome to get the baby to turn... my OB confirmed it will also pose a slightly more challenging thing for him to work around as well.
I didn't fall, or do any crazy short stops in movement, so not sure why the baby flipped from head down to transverse, but I do work in an office and spend a great deal of time on my butt in a chair. I have been trying to sit at the edge of it, with my knees lower then my hips, and doing the inversion as soon as I get home. Hopefully this works... still not sure how to get the baby past my right hip... he sits there for a few minutes then moves back to the transverse position.
Thanks for the help!
>Wanted to give you an update regarding my birth experience which was only possible because of the guidance I got from you and your very informative website. As I had originally contacted you about, my concerns regarding my labor started when my baby was discovered to be transverse at 36 weeks. Thank to your expert advice, I was able to assist him in turning head down. This made my VBAC goal a real possibility. So here's how the rest of the story unfolded...
I ended up going overdue, at 40 weeks my provider strongly recommended I be induced. He suggested that I induce at 41 weeks due to the estimated size of the baby. Based on what I read regarding induction on your site, and my own negative experience being induced with my first pregnant (that resulted in an emergency c-section), I bargained with him and we compromised on a scheduled induction for 41 weeks 3 days. I continued to do the exercises - inversions, side-lying releases, lots of time on a birthing ball, walking, swimming, and regular visits to an experienced chiropractor.
Truthfully I was quite discouraged that I hadn't gone into labor at 41 weeks and was fearful that I would have to be induced. However, at 41 weeks 1 day, I went into labor on my own... and boy when my baby decided he was ready, he was ready!
Labor started at 1135 at night. I spent an hour walking around my house trying to discern if I was truly in labor, before I decided it was painful and regular enough that I was, than waited a half hour for my mother to come take our three year old before heading to the hospital. I had opted for a natural delivery in my birth plan, but given I had never truly experienced labor without medication (I had an epidural with my first), I was begging for an epidural pretty much as soon as I got to the hospital.
Thankfully things progressed so quickly there wasn't time for an epidural, which I believe was actually a godsend. The sense of accomplishment, and the awareness I had after the birth (and during) is something I am glad I got to experience, the pain was worth it in hind sight. I dilated from 2cm's to 10cm's in two hours (only a half hour of which was at the hospital - I was at 7cm when I got to the hospital), I pushed for two hours and had my beautiful, healthy baby boy in my arms.
My baby was larger at 8lbs 15oz, and I did tear, but I believe that I most certainly would have ended up with a repeat c-section had it not been for your advice. Your knowledge and willingness to share this information for free is something every pregnant woman should take advantage of, or a least be made aware of. I strongly believe that there should be more focus on these techniques then medical interventions... this stuff was free to do, and low risk, why on earth don't more doctors suggest at least trying these exercises before recommending medical interventions?! I am thankful for your help and hope that many, many more women find your site and benefit from your knowledge - I tell every one about it. I'm officially a walking Spinning Babies advertisement! Thank you again for everything you provide to pregnant women and those who support them.
Grateful and at peace now that I've had the birth experience I had always hoped to have,
PS. My doulas attended your workshop in NH, and loved your presentation! They have worked with a few clients now who have utilized the techniques from your site, and said that they have noticed it appears to shorten the time spent in labor, they plan to incorporate your techniques into their birth classes. It certainly did for me!