From a Pregnant Woman hoping for VBAC
I am 37 years old and am about to give birth for the second time (I’m at 39 weeks, 2 days). Thank you so much for your website because I have been reading it and practicing your techniques for optimum baby positioning throughout my pregnancy. And it has worked! My baby is in the LOA position, looking directly at my right hip!!! And I think that is due to all my hard work. But I just found out at my scan yesterday that the baby’s chin is not tucked and that has worried me. (Also, I have an anterior placenta, located to the right of my belly button.)
I am 5 ft, 1″ and I have mild scoliosis, which tilts my hips, maybe an inch to the right. I had a lot of back pain first time around so I have been going to a Chiropractor since around 20 weeks, so everything should be as aligned as it can be. I have also had 3 sessions of reflexology over the last 3 weeks. I wish I had known about your website in my first pregnancy because my daughter was in a posterior position and didn’t have her chin tucked, because of this she never engaged and I didn’t go into labour. At 10 days overdue I was taken into hospital and given induction gels, it took three days of this for me to go into labour and get to 2.5 cm. But the labour waned even after breaking my waters and I was put on a sintocin drip. After two hours on this I needed an epidural because we could tell things were going to be slow. About 10 hours later I was fully dilated and started pushing. I was not able to push her out, even with ventose and we were sent for an emergency section. I should also say that all the women, my mother and 2 sisters, never have their babies before their due date. We have all gone overdue and mostly have induced labours. I am the first though to have a section.
So, my plan this time around was to try my hardest to avoid another section and give birth naturally. A lot of people don’t understand but I want to experience natural childbirth, not in a operating [room] where you barely get to hold your baby afterwards! I am a bit disheartened by the news I got yesterday because I thought the baby was in a really good position. Since I got home from my scan, I have only been sitting on my birthing ball, doing vigorous hula hooping motions on it (I’d say the neighbors are finding it very entertaining!). Last night with the help of my husband I did an inversion for 30 sec, Abdominal release, pelvic tilts and lots of sitting on my ball. So, my question is, and I’m sorry its taken me so long to get to it but I just wanted to make sure you have all the information, is there anything else you can think of that might help tuck this little rascals chin in? It has been difficult to get the doctors to let me go overdue, they wanted to schedule me for a section at 39 weeks, but I’ve managed to get them to let me go to term +7 days, then I’ll have a scan and if things haven’t changed probably a repeat section. So I have about 11-12 days to work on it!
Thanks so much for reading all this and for any help you can give. Let me know if you need any more information.
Dear VBAC Mama,
Please try the sidelying release also, its fantastic for most people, do it on both sides with a helper, and you can do it daily.