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How many of you had posterior babies?

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I am learning a lot about my previous birth through reading and my doula, and I am almost certain that my baby was posterior. I had not gone into labor at 41.5 weeks, and was induced for high BP/pre-eclampsia. But I had been on bedrest for a few weeks before then and I think that's when the baby turned posterior.

I remember when I was in labor, on my side, feeling her kick on the wrong side (left). My dh and I were talking about the c/s and he saw the baby come out, and he said her face was clearly up.

Is this as huge a thing as I think it is? I have been to and I really think that it was a major cause of the c/s for me. What do y'all think?
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That is why I had one. Baby was posterior and after pushing for a multitude of hours, no go. He wouldn't budge. I think malposition is a huge reason for unplanned, non-emergency c sections.
You can get your operative report from your hospital. It should state in that what position the baby was in. Mine says occiput posterior. You'll want to get that operative report for any future births anyhow.

OP labors are longer and generally more painful - both conditions seem to present more problems for hospital staff. When I finally agreed to an epidural, you should have seem the look of relief on the nurses faces!! And I had a doula and my dh there for support. I wasn't demanding, I just think they prefer quiet patients who lie still in bed. Nurses kept complaining I was moving (LOL) and they could do the belt fetal montoring properly.

I ended up with a c/s after 24 hours of OP labor in a hospital. I went into labor the day before my due date and my water broke naturally at 5cm. I found OBs don't have any skill, experience or desire to do much about turning babies. They just resort to epidurals and pitocin. I didn't feel pressured into a c/s - I just felt they couldn't offer me anything constructive in the hospital and I was doomed. I tend to think if I'd been in a birthcenter or at home with my last OP labor, I would have had a much better chance at succeeding in a vaginal birth. Next birth I'm planning a HBAC with a CNM.

I'd love to know what the rate of vaginal births with OP labor is in hospitals/with OBs compared to with midwives.
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That is good advice about getting the OR report. I did that a couple of months ago and it was fascinating. Occipital posterior babe here too. I was with a midwife at a birthing center- of course, an OB did the section at the same birthing center. I'm working on not having a posterior babe this time around! It did hurt like hell and labor was very long. I pushed on/off for 8 hours. Too long.
Among other issues with my DS's labor/delivery he was also posterior. I used OBs for prenatal care and they didn't tell me anything about fetal positioning and they honestly didn't seem to think it made a bit of difference how the babies positioned themselves.

With my DD I knew more, exercised more, was careful of my bodily positions which led to her being optimally positioned.

DD was posterior and this time around the baby is still posterior. I have a different midwife this time , she checked me 2 weeks ago and said that I have a posterior tipped cervix, which probley causes the posterior baby.

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