fbpx

Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood Support in Surrey
07786 556665 leah@thepurepeach.com

My baby is Breech – what does this mean and what can I do about it?

The Pure Peach  Birth Preparation   My baby is Breech – what does this mean and what can I do about it?

You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. It is entirely your decision – some breech babies will turn before you go into labour, some breech babies will turn when you are in labour, some breech babies will be born normally with a natural, vaginal birth while some are born by caesarean.

– My baby is Breech – what does this mean and what can I do about it?

What does breech actually mean? 

 

A breech baby, instead of being head down will be either feet or bum first. 

 

Here is a picture of the most usual position for birth, although I really do want to stress, breech babies are just another version of normal.

Most babies tend to turn into a head down position between week 30 and week 37 so if anyone tells you before this point that your baby is breech then you can take it with a pinch of salt as your baby might not have turned yet. Interestingly about a third of babies are in a breech position at 28 weeks but only three of four in 100 are still breech at 40 weeks.

 

Why is my baby breech?

 

Only your little bundle of joy knows the answer to this question but it could be for a very good reason, after all we’re on the outside. It could be due to the position of the umbilical cord or placenta, the shape of the uterus and so breech might be the best or most comfy position for your baby. It might be that it’s none of those things and that he or she just didn’t get around to turning before things got a bit cramped in there.

 

How can I encourage my baby to turn?

 

You may want to encourage your baby to turn, you may not – as always, it is entirely up to you.

 

Something you might be offered in hospital is an ECV, which is an External Cephalic Version.This basically means that the baby will be manipulated from the outside and manually turned into the head down position.

 

As always, think about the BRAIN acronym that I teach you in my birth preparation classes – ask for the benefits, risks, alternatives, use your own instinct, what happens if we do nothing?

 

B = what are the benefits of doing this? What are the benefits of not doing this?

R = what are the risks of doing this? What are the risks of not doing this?

A = what are the alternatives? What are our other options?

I = intuition, what is your gut feeling about this?

N = what happens if we do nothing? What happens if we do nothing for a certain amount of time?

You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. It is entirely your decision – some breech babies will turn before you go into labour, some breech babies will turn when you are in labour, some breech babies will be born normally with a natural, vaginal birth while some are born by caesarean.

Are there any other ways I can encourage my baby to turn?

 

Hypnotherapy has an 81% success rate for turning a breech baby

 

Swimming might encourage your baby to float into a different position

 

Accupressure/accupuncture or moxibustion

 

Spinning Babies – www.spinningbabies.com

 

Will I have to have a caesarean if my baby is breech?

 

You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. It is entirely your decision – some breech babies will turn before you go into labour, some breech babies will turn when you are in labour, some breech babies will be born normally with a natural, vaginal birth while some are born by caesarean. Again use your BRAIN acronym, do your research and do whatever you feel is best for you and your baby.

 

Here are some useful resources when weighing up your options:

 

‘Breech Birth: What are my Options?’ published by AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services). www.aims.org.uk. You can also have a chat with the consultant midwife at the hospital you’re booked with or an Independent Midwife for an objective opinion: www.imuk.org.uk.

 

As always, ask questions, do your research or book a birth preparation course if you don’t have time to do your own research. The birth of your baby is going to be memorable, make sure it’s for the right reasons and that you have all of the information you need to make confident, informed decisions.

 

If you’d like to talk about Hypnotherapy to encourage your baby to turn or if you’d like to talk about preparing for birth with me, please do get in touch.

 

Leah x

No Comments
Leave a Comment: