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I am not so far along that it matter now -- i am 31 weeks.<br><br>
OUr baby is breech -- apperantly perfectly normal at this point, though Theo was already head down at this point so it is odd to ME.<br><br>
I have gotten a lot of great data on moving the baby -- and am crawling daily, leaning forward in chairs and sittig on hand and knees in the tub.<br><br>
what i want to knwo is this<br><br>
1. at what point DO I worry -- week 36? week 38?<br><br>
2. What ARE vaid reasons for a C-Section due to breech .. only certain presantions? COrd placement? can that be determined or i assume it moves around allt he time?<br><br>
3. Theo came at week 38 -- does that mean i need to worry sooner with this one breech, in case it comes early too?<br><br>
4. is there anything specific i should be asking my OB?<br><br>
anything else i should know?<br><br>
Aimee
 

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I'm in the exact situation as you are now. I'm also 31 weeks and a couple days ago my baby was breech. I had tried the hands and knees positon and it didnt' help. My midwife suggested lying in the breech tilt position.(head below the abdomen; involves lots of pillows) I could feel the baby move change positions just in the few minutes I was lying there. It's easier to encourage the baby to change postions now rather than try to wait until later.<br><br>
It helped a lot too because the baby's head was putting a lot of pressure on my ribs. My ribs were still a little sore the next day.<br><br>
You might want to check you <a href="http://www.spinningbabies.com" target="_blank">www.spinningbabies.com</a> It has lots of great information on baby positioning.
 

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1. First, worry won't help anything - try to relax, no matter how long he stays breech. My recommendation is - familiarize yourself with all the facts about breech birth, so you'll know what you'll do if he doesn't turn, then you can feel comfortable knowing that you're doing all you can to encourage him to turn, but also that things will be okay if he doesn't. I think, if it happened to me again, I'd start lining up a care provider (homebirth midwives would be greatly preferable) with good breech experience by week 36, if I didn't already have one. (My first was breech and I ended up having to switch providers about a week before he was born - next time I'm looking for someone with breech experience from the beginning.)<br><br>
2. This is something you'll want to look into for yourself. I'm completely comfortable with frank breech, complete breech is almost as good - a footling might make me nervous, but I'd be very unlikely to choose an automatic c-section. Everyone has their own comfort level. As to whether you can tell beforehand, my son stayed frank breech pretty much the whole time, but since a baby can switch to vertex at any point, even during labor, I'm sure they can switch to a different type of breech as well. I'd be pretty skeptical of anyone who thought they could tell where the cord was with any reliability. It's pretty movable, and hard to see on ultrasound, so that wouldn't factor into my decision.<br><br>
3. I have heard that sometimes breeches come a little earlier - mine was 8 days early, but that's no guarantee. It might be a good idea to find a good midwife sooner rather than later, but don't worry too much. I had just enough time - we found our new birth place, got the last of our new supplies together, went to our breastfeeding class, and hours later I was in labor. Things will work out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
4. Personally, I'd stay as far away from OBs as possible with a breech. Maybe you have one of the rare old good ones, who used to deliver breech babies all the time without thinking anything of it - but I'd still question him very very carefully if you're sticking (or stuck) with him/her. Find out if s/he's attended any breech births in the last few decades, make sure s/he knows that the best thing a provider can do for a breech is to keep hands off. No induction, no augmentation, no AROM, certainly no breech extraction. Those are all things doctors do which cause a breech presentation to turn into an emergency. Really, it may sound harsh, but I'd rather have my baby alone in the woods than go to the hospital with a breech. People have done it successfully, but the odds are against you.<br><br>
Breech babies don't have to be a big deal, if you have an educated care provider.<br><br>
But after all that - he'll most likely turn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good luck!<br><br>
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In a rush but please go see my website, lots of good info there - <a href="http://www.breechbirth.ca" target="_blank">www.breechbirth.ca</a><br><br>
My strong belief, based firmly upon the published, peer-reviewed research, is that if you have a practitioner with experience (whether they are "willing" or not is immaterial), YOU are far safer birthing a frank or complete breech vaginally, and YOUR BABY is EQUALLY as safe, as a caesarean.<br><br>
Start doing spinning babies NOW, find a chiropractor who is familiar with Webster Technique NOW, find an acupuncturist who can do moxibustion NOW. Find out about ECV and try it sooner rather than later (for me, at 35-36 weeks, not post 37 which is what you may be told by OBs) with a practioner of any stripe who has a good success rate and who has NEVER triggered a labour with the procedure (if they have, avoid them until after 37 weeks). The reason I say "now" is not becuase you need to worry, because that helps nothing, but because all of these techniques work better with a smaller baby. Caregivers will try to tell you it's too soon - IMO that's crap.<br><br>
gotta go. thinking of you with lots of love & support, please go see the "Articles" section of my website.<br><br>
xo Robin
 

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thanks everyone<br><br>
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As far as timing goes...my son that was born in May (natural, drug free, 45 minute labor) was not breech at 35 weeks and then breech at 36 weeks. He turned at 38 weeks. He was a not a tiny baby either. I FELT him turn both times...ouch! But he turned<br><br>
My midwife had me lay with my hips above head, like if you were to prop an ironing board on the couch so part was on the floor and part on the couch and then lay with your head on the part on the floor and your tush on the end on the couch...do you get me? She also had me take a homeopathic medication that did something with the uterus, not sure.<br><br>
Good luck, remember that positive thinking and visualizing that baby turning to be head down is a big part of it...think positive. Visualize how you want him/her to be.
 
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