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post #21 of 32
Originally Posted by Sam05 View Post
Did anyone's asynclitic baby have torticollis? No one ever said that my son was asynclitic and I didn't ask but I have a hard time believing he wasn't with the severity of his torticollis. My labor was very typical of an asynclitic presentation and he was also a compound presentation. Just wondering if torticollis is a cause/result of asyncliticism.
OMG I've been asking this question for months!!!

My son did have torticolis. It was easily resolved with changing which side of me he slept on so he would have to work to nurse (and with a touch of chiro and cranial sacral therapy)

I've found a couple of people (on the ICAN list) who had babies with torticolis and asynclytic presentations. Most people who responded to me though only knew they had one of the things and wasn't sure about the other thing. It wasn't very enlightening. It certainly would be a great thing to research.
post #22 of 32
Mine too! Not severe enough to warrant treatment, other than CST. His head was crooked for about a month! Hey, did anyone else have round ligament pain? I'm wondering if that could also be related?
post #23 of 32
I think *everyone* has round ligament pain. I had it this time too. Those ligaments have to strech a lot.
post #24 of 32
when a baby is flexed, chin to chest; then crown of the head, occiput is on the way out, normal presentation -- If one of the parietal bones precedes the sagittal suture, in an other wise op or oa position the head is considered asynclitic. others have said it the side of the head is trying to come out instead of the crown-- probably ear to shoulder instead of chin to chest--
post #25 of 32
Btw, here's a photo of my son's off-center conehead, if anyone wants to see what I was talking about:

post #26 of 32
Aww! I can dig out the pictures of my son right after birth. He was born with a vacuume and the spot is very clear.
post #27 of 32
My dd (born via c/s after a looooong labor with massive, non-stop contractions never going past 7cm) was both posterior and asynclitic. She had the off center cone head look...just above her ear. I always laughed when people told me that "well at least with a cesarean you had a baby with a nice round head". Ummm...yeah.

I also had sPROM and she was 42+ weeks...I've read that besides a tendancy to cause premature rupture of the membranes, asynclitic babes are more likely to "go late".

I've been religious about spininng babies and OFP this time...and I sort of feel like if I could handle the sensations of dd's labor for so long this coming birth should be a breeze!
post #28 of 32

I think he's about a week old here. You can see the bruise on the right side of his head. That's where the vacuume was attached and that was what was presenting. I would have loved to know what diameter his scull was from that angle. I bet a nice LOA vertex baby woulda shot right out. Or, one can hope.
post #29 of 32

Asynclitic means....

Asynclitic refers to the position of the baby's head within the uterus. In this case, the baby's head is tilted to one side. This situation often makes mommies pretty uncomfortable, but can also create difficulties with delivery because it is difficult for the head to engage in the birth canal properly. An asynclitic can also present with shoulder dystocia which also complicates delivery.

When I see children in my office born with this kind of presentation, I not only check for spinal misalignment any other accompanying spinal injury such as torticollis ("wry neck"), brachial plexus injuries (injuries to the nerves going to the shoulder and arm), but also keep an eye peeled for future digestive or respiratory difficulties due to the influence of the cervical spine neurology on these functions.

Hope this helps!

Dr. E
post #30 of 32
My second baby was posterior and ascynclic. So painful!! He was born at home. I had gone to a chiropractor for the entire pregnancy also. But I did it!! The membranes were ruptured late in labor by my midwife.

My son is 25 years old now. He still sleeps with his head in funny positions. I guess he likes it.

To the chiropractor above me, he has been diagnosed with some scoliosis but that has never stopped him from doing anything he has wanted to do. He did receive chiropractic attention as a child from his Grandfather, a chiropractor. He is in the Service now. The USCG.
post #31 of 32
normally, baby's chin is tucked down. Imagine the head being an oval if you look down at the top of it. The smaller back portion should present first as it enters the vaginal barrel. if the baby's chin is not tucked under, the smaller rounder portion of the 'oval' is not presenting first, and it can be more difficult to deliver for the mom. Can also refer to the baby's head being tilted to the side.

My second pregnancy was asynclitic and posterior. Big guy got completely stuck after glorious drug-free labor, and ended with a c. they even tried to manually go up there and fix him to try to get him out vaginally.
post #32 of 32
Originally Posted by doulakris View Post
Thanks for that! I really can't get enough of second births are easier stories. I mean I believe it's true, but to hear actual stories is great. Thanks!
They are!! Both my daughters were occiput posterior, and the second had a nuchal hand. My first labor took 28 horrific hours with 2 agonizing hours of pushing, and required an epidural and pitocin due to my exhaustion.

The second labor lasted 16 hours, mostly at home while I contemplated how painless and easy it was. I only had two hours of active labor and 15 minutes of pushing, with no epidural, no pitocin, and no interference. It was amazing how much less painful and more exhilarating the second labor was compared to the first, even though they had the same malpresentation.
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