Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Peterborough, ON Canada
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I've had two posterior babies. My first, delivered that way. My second, turned (on his own) after labour started and was delivered in the more common anterior position. Labour with my first was 18 hours. Really solid kicking my butt labour for at least seven of that including just over an hour of pushing. Labour the second time around was a long early phase (defininte timeable contractions 60-120 seconds long 2-5 minutes appart) for about 10 hours followed by an all hell breaking lose hour in which the contractions got a lot more intense, not a lot closer together and a very very sudden birth. (Active labour, was pretty much clocked as about 15-20 minutes)
Both labours were back labour (when my son turned, which i did not really register, it became normal abdominal labour, my first time experiencing that.)
Neither of them were medicated births (though I was would have chosen meds the first time without incredibly solid and unflinching support from dh). Ds ended up being an unexpected home birth which the midwives just barely attended so I really had no meds access.
Now, as for managing the discomfort and positions and spinning babies... I haven't seen teh web site but did recently read a book (can't remember the title) about posterior positioning and what you should do to turn the baby.... I was very surprised to see how much of it I had done instinctually.
For me, bending over a chair and being on my hands and knees over a rocking ottoman had helped a lot. For me, constant pressure on my tailbone helped a lot as did HEAT on my lower back..... (I spent like three or four HOURS in the shower with dd. It was terrific)....
this time through, the baby turned this weekend into an anterior position. I'm overjoyed about this and hope he/she will stay that way.