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#1 of 22 Old 06-10-2008, 12:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Yesterday I updated that I was 80% effaced and 3 cm dilated. I forgot to mention that Jeremiah likes to lay with his back to my back. I keep hoping to feel a nice firm back on my left side but it is always feet and knees maybe.... just little bumpy things

So if you have delivered one like this how bad was it? ANy tricks to turning a baby over before delivery?

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Oh yeah and any one have a link to that contractions timing web site?

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My last baby (now 5 years old) was born sunny side up.
We didn't know until her birth. If the Dr. knew ahead of time, he didn't tell us. So, I have no idea what we could have done to turn her.
We opted for a hospital birth at the time, and I had been given an epidural, so was definitely medicated. If such a delivery is harder on a woman, I wouldn't have known the difference. I'm not sure if this had anything to do with it, but I was told that I had a "lip", something to do with the cervix. We were all waiting for that lip to go away before I could start pushing.
Pushing her out was not especially difficult. I felt the urge to push despite the epidural, and not even the nurses interfered with what I was doing. It felt very powerful.
I'm sorry to not be more helpful!

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At my u/s last week my babe was sunny side up as well, but today at my dr. appt we think she has spun some more and her spine is against my left now. She is really active so I don't think she is done moving yet.

My doctor suggested doing pelvic tilts while on all fours (rocking your hips up and down). This can also be done on a birth/exercise ball, or while leaning on a chair or something. The idea is to let gravity help move things around a bit.

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My first was. It was back labor, and still quite quick and relatively easy, though intense.
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Doing a sort of lung with one leg up on a chair and leaning into your knee can help turn a sunny side up babe - in your case, if you're trying to encourage a back on your left side, you'd put your right leg up on the chair and lean into it.

Also laying basicly on your tummy with your tummy squished to the side but your shoulders flat and one leg straight, the other pulled way up can help.

Patti Ramos (you can google her and find her on line) teaches an awesome child birth workshop and one of the things she talks about is how to get baies in optimal position. If you need help, you might want to email her for suggestions. She's awesome.

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My youngest DS was sunny side up and we didn't know until labour began. It was more painful than my first, but quicker. He was 9lbs 9.5oz. The Dr wanted to section, but I was against that idea from the get-go. I say don't worry about it, especially since its not your first. I was born bum first, no section, and I was Mom's 3ed!! HTH
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My 3rd was that way up until labor. My instincts told me to be on hands & knees a lot during labor, or standing leaning against a chair, counter, etc. During transition I totally felt him flip around (and more water that his head had been plugging gushed out as it happened) as I was leaning against the couch, so I was lucky not to have to push him out that way.

As for timing contractions--Do people really do that?! My husband tried in the beginning of labor with our first, but eventually gave up. Never bothered even glancing at the clock with any of the others.

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As for timing contractions--Do people really do that?! My husband tried in the beginning of labor with our first, but eventually gave up. Never bothered even glancing at the clock with any of the others.
LOL, we had a whole sheet going with DD1.... this time.... not gonna bother!
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Thank you for all the suggestions!

Someone ask if people really time ctx LOL I like to make sure mine are long enough to be working Like over a minute. But don't care how far in between. I had alot of prodromal labor with #1 and 2 and basically the ctx were not long enough for the first 12 hrs! To bad I didn't know I was not in labor!

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My 1st 2 both came out sunnyside up.
They weren;t that way beofre labor - so they must've spun around during labor.
they both presented chins to chest, very posterior part of the head.

Really it wasn;t so bad. The 1st one took 20 mins, the 2nd one took 1 contrx. I didn't tear at all either.

my biggest tips are just letting gravity work for you, and dont push untill the middle of a contraction. when the contraction starts just focus on opening up - then push. That worked for me.
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both of my kids were. my first labor was pitocin augmented and my 2nd was a homebirth. the 2nd went pretty fast. i did not tear or anything, either. i think i was only pushing for maybe...20-30 minutes?

i have heard good things about the spinning babies website. i am cool with letting this baby come in whatever position he wants to come in, though. part of me wonders if the way my body is, i'm just meant to have posterior babies?
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I did with my UC last time and it was pretty brutal. Very long and lots of back labor.

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My third baby was sunny side up and was stuck. The doctor had to actually grab him and turn him during a contraction. Once she turned him, he came right out on the next contraction, but it was the worse pain I have every experienced in all four of my unmedicated births.
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My DS was born posterior. It was a REALLY long labour, with a fairly long pushing stage. I also had some pretty bad tearing.

I love the tips in this thread on either how to spin baby, or how to deliver a posterior baby though. With my first we didn't even know he was posterior until he came out but it totally makes sense because I was having lots of back labour.

I honestly have no idea if this little one is posterior right now or not. I do know he or she isn't breech at this point and I'm happy for that.
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My first was posterior too. It was a long, excruciating labor, not sure how much was because of her positioning. This time though I am doing all I can to make sure this baby is well positioned. Some suggestions I am trying to follow from my midwife and doctor are:
Use good posture, don't slouch
Swim everyday
lie only on side with top leg bent over bottom leg

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My third baby was sunny side up and was stuck. The doctor had to actually grab him and turn him during a contraction.
Same thing here - talk about a surprise. : The back labor was terrible, and I had absolutely no breaks within contractions... it was so bad that I ended up getting an epi at 8 cm, and after that is when the OB reached in and did her thing. Even with the epi I about jumped out of the bed. I really, really hope I don't have to go through that again - this one will be med-free if at all possible.

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I've had 2 face up babies. Both made for long pushing stages. Dh had to literally push one of them out b/c he was stuck on my pubic bone!

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Hey, peachymomma did your baby turn or can you come back & answer your own questions now that you birthed him?

My first was posterior. Ow. I do everything I can to avoid that! An anterior baby feels SO much nicer!!!!!

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My first was sunny side up but they figured it out when I was about 8 cm. My midwife and OB got me on my hands and knees and we did pelvic rocks and he turned. They were physically having to rock me though b/c I was in such horrid pain! The back labor was awful! I had a natural birth though (no epidural) and delivered a 8 lb 13.7 oz. boy. I only wish they would have been there sooner to have figured it out when the labor wasn't quite so intense...
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My baby is posterior right now (first one out of 5 babies). I went to the chiro this morning and discovered that my pelvis and tailbone were totally out of whack. I slipped on ice back in February and landed on my back (also broke my elbow). The chiro was confident that once my pelvis is back in line my baby will turn.

I'm also doing exercises to turn the baby (forward leaning, pelvic tilts, etc.). I would prefer her to turn before labor.

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Thought I might update that I did deliver a sunny side up babe. Labor was bad in the back!!! But pulling him up between my legs and having him face me was awesome!

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