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I'm at 39 weeks and 5 days and I had my appointment today and the baby hasn't turned from (frank or complete) breech after several visits to the chiro and lots of slant board and kneeling time. The baby hasn't dropped at all and my cervix is showing no signs of readiness. I'm really uncomfortable with the baby in it's current position and I'm sleeping for about 1-2 hours at a time at night. There have been so many people praying for the baby to turn over the last two months that I feel like there must be some reason for the baby's position (this is also a repeat breech for me). So my hopes of a VBAC are dashed. I scheduled for Friday. My doctor was willing to let me go into labor, but I don't think I can take it much longer, and I know she's going to start to be concerned as I go overdue. I feel like I've done everything in my power to get this baby into position, so I have that peace.<br><br>
I have two friends who are in the adoption process and would love to be in my position, even though it means surgery again. I know I should be grateful, but I'm a little disappointed.<br><br>
Good luck to those of you who are working toward a VBAC. I believe in the process and I'm excited that you are out there helping the medical community realize that birth can happen naturally!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm sorry you are unable to gestate in peace. Think carefully about what you really want. Once they start the surgery it will be too late. Until then you still have a choice. Relax as much as possible, picture your baby head down, turning. Keep trying to turn the baby if you feel like it. Babies can and do turn in labor. Your baby still has a chance to turn. You still have a chance for VBAC.<br><br>
Would you consider scheduling the surgery for 42 weeks? You will not be post dates until <i>after</i> 42 weeks. Then it buys you and baby some time, and if you go into labor, the baby does not turn and the doctor is unwilling to assist with a breech birth, then a c/s can be done then. At least then you know your baby was ready to be born and was able to choose his/her birthday.
 

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I was 10 days overdue, and I've heard of mamas being 3 even 4 weeks "overdue" before they went into labor. I would definitely consider going overdue first- your dates might be off and your little one might still be cooking and so not ready to turn just yet.
 

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I would also consider going into labor first. Baby may turn and surprise you. I will pray for you too. What is your chiro saying? Is he/she certified in the Webster Technique? I am not sure how many times you have gone but some times it can take more than a few visits.<br>
But no matter what you do, good luck!
 

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Just wanted to say that my DS was a footling breech and turned when I was 40 weeks pregnant, TWICE! I went into labor on my due date, and he turned back.<br><br>
With my DD I did not go into labor until 42 weeks, 1 day. She was only 7 lbs, whereas my first was 9 lbs. I think the dates were off.<br><br>
If you can wait, it might be best. But whatever you do, good luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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When my mom was pg with my sister she was supposed to be breech. When my mom went in for her c/s it turned out that my sis had tuned and was in the birthing possition so they let my mom labor. It is always possible that the baby will turn.
 

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I still wish that your baby will turn for you. I'm so sorry you have to be coming to terms with another surgery. You do seem to have a great attitude and that goes a LONG LONG way!<br><br>
Good luck to you. That new baby in your arms is sure to help you through things.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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My babe turned at 39 weeks - three days before scheduled C. You still have time.<br><br>
Have you tried moxibustion or accupunture/accupressure? It's not to late... and though I was overall happy with my labor & delivery (ended with a C), I would never recommend a scheduled C section over a trial of labor... keep your spirits up & try everything!!!!
 

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wishing you the best!!
 

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I have heard of babies turning in labor!<br>
I would totally wait. Frank breech is the easiest to delivery vaginally if any doc is willling.<br><br>
Best wishes
 

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Please consider waiting until baby is ready, not right after your EDD. I know you are uncomfortable, but taking care of newborn, and your son after surgery is not going to be easier than you have it now, even with the discomfort. That will be a lot more work!<br><br>
And I second Doula Mary's swimming suggestion. Play in the water, do handstands. Babe will be encouraged to turn. And even if he/she doesn't, the water will releave some of the weight and pressure you feel. Your body will thank you for it.
 

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I am so sorry!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br>
I know how sad and disappointed you must be feeling.<br>
If I were in your position, I would still not schedule- I'd wait until I went into labor just to ensure that baby is ready, and also- you never know baby could turn at that last minute.
 

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I truly think the benefits of waiting and still trying to turn baby out weigh the benefits of a planned -c-birth.<br><br>
Have you "spoken" to your baby? ASK your baby to turn..visualize your baby turning.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm at 39 weeks and 5 days and I had my appointment today and the baby hasn't turned from (frank or complete) breech after several visits to the chiro and lots of slant board and kneeling time. The baby hasn't dropped at all and my cervix is showing no signs of readiness. I'm really uncomfortable with the baby in it's current position and I'm sleeping for about 1-2 hours at a time at night. There have been so many people praying for the baby to turn over the last two months that I feel like there must be some reason for the baby's position (this is also a repeat breech for me). So my hopes of a VBAC are dashed. I scheduled for Friday. My doctor was willing to let me go into labor, but I don't think I can take it much longer, and I know she's going to start to be concerned as I go overdue. I feel like I've done everything in my power to get this baby into position, so I have that peace.<br><br>
I have two friends who are in the adoption process and would love to be in my position, even though it means surgery again. I know I should be grateful, but I'm a little disappointed.<br><br>
Good luck to those of you who are working toward a VBAC. I believe in the process and I'm excited that you are out there helping the medical community realize that birth can happen naturally!</div>
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There may be a reason your baby is breech, especially if you have tried methods of turning the baby and it has decided to stay the course and be breech. I have a uterine anomaly and so 2 of my 3 so far have been malpositioned.<br>
Try to plan a good cesarean birth for yourself and just enjoy your baby knowing all this.<br><br>
Kim
 

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I am sorry that you are having to deal with the possibility of another surgery. I don't think you should feel that you should be grateful. It is OK to feel bad about having another surgery, even if you are happy for your baby. And, you shouldn't compare your pain to those of your friends who had fertility issues.<br><br>
A few months ago on the ICAN list a woman had a breech VBAC, so it is possible.<br><br>
Good luck and I hope you have a good birth and a happy babymoon.
 

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My first turned during labour. Unfortunately, he had been vertex and turned breech, and I ended up with a section. But, they can - and do - turn during labour.
 

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I know that this was a hard decision to come to and I want to first off give you gentle hugs. Only you in your heart and gut know what is the right decision for you and your little one. In the end, all that matters is baby and mommy are healthy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Repeat this to yourself over and over and over again. "Cervical change prior to labor is not a good indicator for when/if labor will begin." You are not even 40 wks yet! See if you can buy yourself some time before you agree to a c/s. Even if it's scheduled you do not have to show up for it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> - I'm sorry that they are making things so difficult for you!
 

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I just want to add one more reason to wait for labor to start on its own. There are some benefits of going through labor for mum and baby, even if you have a c-section in the end. I've had two c-sections, both after labor, and I'm glad that my babies got that little boost to their health that our time of labor gave them.<br><br>
Hopefully the baby will turn before or during labor, but if not, waiting still has many benefits. Strength and health to you, whatever you decide.
 
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