Is your baby breech and you want to flip them for a safer vaginal delivery or to avoid a c-section? Don’t schedule a cesarean right away. Give these tips a try.
The Webster technique from a chiropractor is helpful for many moms. It’s not specifically for correcting breech presentation. It’s a chiropractic adjustment. Here is a video from a chiropractor explaining the Webster technique https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWX5ZwYJvck
Here is his video of demonstrating the technique https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llp3trG7Pzo
To get the baby to move up a little bit so they aren’t engaged in the pelvis, first try an inversion and breech tilt. This is a good article on how to do the forward leaning inversion with a list of when NOT to do it including high blood pressure. http://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/techniques/the-fantastic-four/forward-leaning-inversion/
This is how Spinning Babies explains doing the breech tilt. http://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/techniques/other-techniques/breech-tilt/
Get into a knee chest position. Get on your hands and knees. Lower until your chest is near the floor. Keep your knees in the same position. Sit like this for several minutes at a time throughout the day.
Get on your hands and knees with shoulders lower than pelvis, bootie in the air, rock side to side. Do this several times a day.
Do the cat cow yoga exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LympZqVz14s
There is a hands and feet position you can see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbAQzuw0kS8
Some people will use a rebozo to flip a breech. I really recommend you leave that for the professionals. There is a technique to it and safety guidelines.
Acupuncture and reflexology have worked for some.
Once a baby has moved into proper position some women will use a ring sling on their upper abdomen to encourage Baby to stay in position.
If none of these work, ask your obstetrician if you are a good candidate for an external cephalic version. Evidence Based Birth has an excellent article on ECV http://evidencebasedbirth.com/what-is-the-evidence-for-using-an-external-cephalic-version-to-turn-a-breech-baby/
DO NOT attempt to manually turn the baby by force! Only a trained obstetrician should attempt to manually turn a breech or transverse baby.
Sometimes babies will not change position for a reason. Sometimes a baby will change positions during labor. Other times babies will be born breech either vaginally or via cesarean section. If your baby is still breech upon nearing your due date, educate yourself on all the options and risks. Best of luck getting your little one into proper position!
For more information on fetal malpresentations, check out the following resources.
Not sure what position your little one is in?
Try belly mapping.
This is a fun way to interact with your babe in the womb + gain a better understanding of the way babies are positioned. Check out this link for more information.