Thank you again for your stories and suggestions. I had an appointment with my midwife this evening, and am here to update anyone who's following.
Pip (our gender-neutral name for the baby, not the name we will actually use) is still breech--but twisting and turning in there for all s/he is worth. Changed positions completely a couple of times while the mw was here.
So here is what she wants me to do: take 200c of Pulsatilla twice a day for three days (no one has mentioned this yet--anyone have any experience with this remedy?) and do some inversion techniques, along with swimming if I can manage to get to a pool sans-toddler. At our next appointment, in two weeks, we'll check positioning again. If Pip is still breech, we'll have a sonogram to clear everything up. At that point we would probably do accupuncture and manual manipulation here at home with our mw and her back up. If STILL breech, we'll discuss turning options at that point.
However, if I go into labor with Pip still breech (and that's where my real fears were), my mw tells me there are three mw in the area who do frank breech births at home, and there are several drs. in the area who will do vaginal breech births in hospitals. (Ahh, one of the pleasures of living in Austin I guess.
) My mw is going to start contacting the few others in the area who do breech home births to see if any of them are willing to work with me--which she suspects they would be, particularly given that I'm a second-time mom and my first birth was unmedicated.
I will not, however, attempt an unassisted birth. I am willing to do almost anything to resist a c/s--but only if everything I am doing is considered safe. (Clearly, for a given value of "safety" since driving in a car is unsafe and having major surgery is unsafe, so the c/s would necessarily be "unsafe.") Given what she has told me of her opinions, I consider my mw to be an expert in judging the safety of a birth, and will take her advice on what is the best course of action for me and Pip.
Thanks to everyone again. I'm loving the conversation.