“Spinning Babies empowered me to have the most perfect birth for my family.”
Spinning Babies offers hope for women who want a vaginal birth. Many women will succeed in improving baby’s position with self care techniques. Others will find interventions are less taxing. The sooner you begin, the more likely you will find the “balance” you need for more comfort in pregnancy and more ease in birth.
Typical timeline for breech position
10-24 Weeks Gestation
24- 30 weeks
30-34 Weeks Gestation
34-35 Weeks Gestation
A study showed this is the most effective period for moxibustion to help babies flip head down. We suggest doing moxibustion as part of a complete routine for helping baby head down.
36 -37 Weeks Gestation
An external cephalic version may be recommended about this time for the doctor or midwife to manually turn the baby head down. It’s about a 50-50 success rate. We wonder if preceding the maneuver with body balancing will increase the success or ease of moving baby. Less tension or torsion in the path of the baby seems like a goal to me.
38 Weeks to Birth
A small number of babies will turn head down in late pregnancy. It may be that up to 1% of breech babies flip head down during labor. That’s not a big chance, but it shows it’s possible and does happen.
An external cephalic version might be appropriate to try even up to and including early labor.
You can work with your body to prepare and work with your care provider to turn baby safely, if possible, until either your water releases or contractions are regular.
Dr. Michel Odent in his book “Cesarean” suggests waiting for labor even if you plan for a cesarean birth for a breech baby. It’s a bit challenging to pull together a surgical team in the middle of the night, but helps baby establish the brain changing catecholamine and other changes for living in air.
Gail and a pregnant couple show a short version of advice for helping the breech baby get head down, Spinning Babies Parent Class.