Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mind-over-matter, Butt-over-head

Last week, my client due next was found to have a breech baby. Determined to birth vaginally and without medication, she spent the better part of the next week lying down with her hips higher than her head, visualizing her baby spinning, and visiting an acupuncturist and a chiropractor trained in the Webster technique. She went in this week (36 weeks) for an external version, which many women describe as painful, pressured, and ultimately unsuccessful.

She said her OB kneaded her belly, gave a little push, then shrugged. "All set," she said.

"That's it?" asked my client.

Her OB nodded. "Baby's vertex."

Victory! A successful, easy version! I have to think that all the work my client did made it easier for the OB to spin the baby.

And now back to birth-planning...


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