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The best time to encourage the baby to turn, if it hasn't already, is at about 34-35 weeks. Any earlier and it may just turn back, later and it might be too big. My baby was transverse until 34 weeks (how uncomfortable!!!) and then I started playing music low down on my tummy for several hours when I went to sleep. I used tiny portably speakers, but the friend that recommended it (who it also worked for) just used headphones. I also massaged my tummy firmly in the direction I wanted it to turn, and my midwife used to hold her hands firmly on it, but not quite pushing, in the same direction.
Spending lots of time on your hands and knees, chest down bum up is also supposed to work. If all else fails I would try acuncputure (after all it hleped me get pregnant, and brought on the baby on the due date).
By the way, a friend of mine just gave birth to a breach baby at home without a midwife. She only had a skilled doula, who arrived when the bottom was out, because her lay midwife had been banned from practicing a few weeks earlier. She had no problems, but then the baby was only 5 lbs because it was 3 weeks early.