My dd was transverse lie too...what a bummer! I'm a doula and love to doula mamas at home for their births- I love the process too. We were planning on birthing our sweet one at a free standing birth center in a really neat tub they have.
I tried alot of things. I tried swimming, doing "dolphin" type dives, accupuncure, moxibustion, hip tilts, using heat and cold, standing on my head- some crazy yoga position...I didn't try the "Webster Technique" which is done by chiropracters. The one in town that knew how to do it called me back AFTER dd was born...We tried 2 versions- one without meds and one when I was in labor with an epidural (versions without meds is VERY painful, with the epi was uncomfortable- it should be her decision and not anyone else's- tell her to follow her heart)...obviously in the hospital. It didn't work and dd was born via cesarean section at 37 weeks 5 days.
Try this link:http://www.childbirth.org/AskACBE/labor/labor6.html
I really was disappointed but knowing birth and my baby's position I knew there was nothing we could do. If csections didn't exist...we wouldn't be here right now!
I do have a bi-coronated (sp) uterus and that could pose a problem.
Is this her first baby? I would imagine so.
The position of her baby is exactly like my dd.
The risk involved is that if she goes into labor there is nothing in the way to block the umbilical cord from slipping (prolapse cord) out. This is very dangerous for the baby.
I think at this point in the pregnancy- the baby is so big that if the baby did move she would know it and her belly will change shape. She'll probably feel the baby's head engaged since it will be such a new sensation.
If the baby does turn my midwives gave me this big back support thing to wear and then we were going to induce with castor oil.
I was told if I did go into labor to try to keep my butt up to prevent the cord from slipping.
My beautiful girl was alert and looking around right after she was born. We have had an AWESOME nursing relationship and we both still love it and she is 19 months old!
My dd face was disformed from being in such an odd position and her hand was swollen from being so low. Her hand was fine the next day and after a month or so her face was normal. She did also have hip dysplacia due to the positioning. She wore a harness/brace for the first 4 months of her life. It was a pain, but well worth it. Your friend should definitely have the staff- wherever she births to feel for that since it is common among breech babes. If babies wear the harness like instructed and wear it early in their lives it is ALOT easier. Once they are mobile it would be REALLY heartbreaking.
Ok, I'm really tired and must go to bed. I hope this is of some help and let me know if I can help out any further.