so, long story. I was a belly model yesterday and had my 38 week midwife appt on wednesday. At the MW appt my student midwife confirmed LOT position and my midwife palpated just briefly because I asked her about a size estimate. Two weeks ago (36 weeks) she had done a cervical exam to confirm cephalic presentation (she was still unsure) because she thought his "butt" seemed awfully wiggly. I had never been convinced that he was anything BUT head down because I feel hiccups down low.
He hasn't gotten hiccups in a while.... or at least I haven't felt them.
So anyway, when I was a belly model the students had a tough time figuring position- normal, right? The teachers also kept coming over and palpating and checking for heart tones. I thought this was weird but just thought they were really interested in my baby (they weren't doing this to other models.) One teacher asked who my mw was, when i last saw her, where i feel movement, etc. Normal questions. I thought nothing of it.
Well the teacher knows my midwife and called her today to tell her that she was not convinced that my baby was head-down. So my MW asked me to quickly stop in and she would palpate to confirm, just in case I got into labor before our next appt. I thought there was NO WAY he was breech, I was just so sure of it. So I thought it was silly but I went in, and she immediately confirmed breech presentation. Even now I can feel that his head (by my ribs) is quite wiggly. Definitely not a butt.
So she went over my options- moxi, acupuncture, webster, a version right there in the MW office, or to go to a clinic with u/s to have a version done there so we could confirm cord and placenta position. We opted for the version with ultrasound. She thinks he'd be easy to move, he has lots of room, and was in an oblique lie anyway. So now we have our version scheduled for next wednesday.
I feel pretty frustrated and defeated. This pregnancy has a laundry list of issues (GD, GBS, breech, SPD...) and I am just at my wit's end with all these extra appointments (chiro, nutritionist, maternal-fetal medicine, and now a version and possibly more things like acupuncture and moxi...) It's getting expensive too! Some things I have to pay out of pocket for. This is just getting outrageous. I want some downtime and some extra money :-(
I also, of course, am concerned about all the other what-ifs. What if he flips back? What if I go into labor before? What if he won't turn? My options are good here in Oregon because I can find a homebirth midwife who will deliver breech, but my DH and I aren't terribly comfortable with that. I also don't want to lose my MW- but she has zero breech experience. I could also birth in a number of local hospitals- they do vaginal breech if the presentation is butt-first, but it will mean I am laboring in an operating room prepped for an emergency c-section.
I wasn't expecting this at all. I'm 38 weeks, we just finished most of our nesting yesterday, and I was in such a great mood because I thought we were just going to coast until we had the baby.
Please turn, baby. Please!