I'm due Feb. 22 but wanted to chime in and see how everything is going for you all. I found out last week that my babe is breech.. I have been seeing a chiro daily for Webster technique- lots of movement, and I think babe has gone transverse and back a few times, but not head down yet. Some have mentioned manipulation of the uterus/baby? I am unsure of the specifics or variations of Webster, but it doesn't involve anything like that.. I have also done moxibustion a few times, and some positioning (but it makes me really queasy to be in those positions..)
They are saying if the baby isn't turned by next week, we'd schedule a version for 37 weeks, and if that is not successful, a c-section for 39 (I am 35 1/2 weeks now). I am ambivalent about that too- I would rather go into labor naturally, and while I do have that option in theory, I was told that I would have much less control over my birth in that case, as far as the surgeon who was working at that time, and the circumstances surrounding the surgery- that if I came in while in labor with a breech baby it would trigger quite a stress response/flurry of activity and likely be approached more like an emergency situation, which I don't want.
I am just stressed not knowing what will happen, and since this is my first birth I don't want to have a c-section and be set up for a life of cesarean births (of course VBAC would hopefully be an option down the road, but might have to fight for it). And I am terrified of trying to recover from major surgery while becoming a mother for the first time and as a single parent. My apartment is only accessible by stairs; I don't know if I could even get up and down them! What if I cannot pick up my baby or breastfeed or wash the diapers?
I guess a lot of it too is that I have been so excited about the birth experience, that if I wind up with a scheduled section for position, I will feel really sad and deprived of a natural and rightful birthing experience, for me and for the baby- I don't want to take that away from him/her, and subject him/her to surgical birth. I know it's not the end of the world, but it makes me sad.
And I guess it's good that i know now though, in that I can get used to and prepare for the idea, but it's hard to know whether I should try to accept it, or whether I should fight for the choice to do a breech vaginal delivery if the baby doesn't turn (which I could in theory accomplish with a UC, or by arriving too late, or refusing to consent to surgery, or by traveling to a birth center several hours away that supports breech vaginal births..) but I really don't know that I want that either; the idea is there in my mind somewhere, but really I just want the baby to turn so I don't have to deal with this. I guess more than anything I just don't like knowing that due to baby's position, my choice is essentially taken away by default, you know? I will probably wind up with a c-section if the baby does not turn, but part of me does not want to accept that. *sigh*
Hope everyone is hanging in there, I'd love to hear where everyone is at and other experiences with different techniques to turn the baby and/or birth options..
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"
DS Feb 2009