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There are three different types of breech positions; there is the frank breech position, footling breech position, and a complete breech. All of which when aiming for a vaginal birth leads to some trepidation. Some care providers will still deliver babies breech if professionally trained to do so, especially if risks are considered lower. Others however, bear some hesitation which ultimately leads to a cesarean section.

Most babies usually settle into a comfortable fetal position around 36  weeks and occasionally there are some babies that decide to go breech at 40+ weeks. Take heart, there are a few tricks-of-the-trade to help engage babies properly in the birth canal to help minimize a breech birth or a c-section.

1).  Chiropractic Care: especially if Webster Technique Certified. Claiming to have 80% to 90% success rates  “The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.” (source ICPA Certification program)

2).  Prenatal Yoga: Usually this is initiated earlier on during your pregnancy, but towards the end of gestation if baby is still breech you can try inversion positions assisted by someone. Another position that’s easily defined; try resting on your back with your knees bent and a bunch of pillows under your hips to bring your pelvis above your shoulders… do this for about 15 minutes each day until baby turns. Also try squatting a lot during the day.  Squatting helps enlarge the opening of your pelvis by 15%  making it easier for the babies head to engage. http://www.spinningbabies.com/ is also a great website to get more tips about fetal positioning.

3) An Acupuncturist: This long believed natural measure even during pregnancy can help with a whole slew of gestational related issues, including:  Physical problems, fatigue, morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, back pain and sciatica, edema, rhinitis of pregnancy, BREECH PRESENTATION, induction for post due date,  labor, postpartum depression, mastitis, post operative healing etc

The top three that I mentioned are the lest invasive measures to help coax the breech baby and they all have a “high turnover rate” (catch my joke there!?) Yet here is still one more thing you can consider.

4).  External Cephalic Version: Or maneuvering the baby manually while under the use of an ultrasound. Sometimes given with an epidural or terbutaline to help relax the uterus, but there are some care providers that can do the version without the usage of pain relief.

So there you have it… I hope this is helpful to whoever reads this. Take heart there is no one size fits all when it comes to birth but having many options at your disposal is better than having none. Good luck!

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