Breech birth occurs when your baby is lying bottom first instead of the head first position. In the US, about 4% of babies are born breech. Before 1954, these babies were delivered vaginally, as of now, breech babies are mostly delivered through C-section. This was because doctors presumed greater safety in C-section.
The Complicated Affair
The road to birth is a straight one, but sometimes, things can get a little bit more complicated. This is because of the remarkable gymnastics that your baby is capable of inspite of the small space that she/he is in.
There are three different kinds of breech positions:
- Frank Breech – The Contortion Act: One of the commonest breech position where the baby’s bottom is down and feet up near his head.
- Complete Breech – The Yogi Pose: The baby is sitting cross-legged with her head high up.
- Footling Breech – The Dipping Leg: The baby’s head is up with one or both the legs hanging down.
However, it’s important to remember that if your baby is breech just days before delivery would not mean that she/he will be breach even during delivery. But if your D-day is here, and your baby remains in breech position, you need to talk to your doctor.
Flipping The Baby Back
Here are some DIY ways to flip your baby back to position.
- Yoga to the rescue: You can basically do anything to calm yourself. Try some stretches and relax. Talk to your baby and visualize her turning. She / He might just turn for you.
- Hot and cold: The best way is to put something really cold near his/her head and something warm near your pelvic area. Babies like the warmth, but don’t be surprised if your baby just didn’t fall for it.
- The guiding light: Babies are attracted towards light. Shining a flashlight at the lower half of your belly might just interest her.
- Musical touch: Any music that makes your baby groove (in your womb) is the music that you play near your belly. Make sure that it’s just in the right direction.
If your baby just doesn’t respond, it’s time to call in your healthcare provider. There are multiple techniques that the doctor may use to help the baby flip back in the correct position. Here’s one video of a doctor who repositions the baby with his bare hands.
Doctors have also delivered breech babies vaginally. What you need to understand is that while it is okay to be worried and sad, it is also important to be informed so that you can decisions wisely. After all, the only thing is getting your baby safe, right?