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Donna BaloTips for Turning a Breech Baby
by Donna Harvel Balo ARNP, CNM, MS

Q. Do you have any suggestions for things I can do at home to turn my breech baby?

A. Of course you will check with your provider before.

The purpose is to make the baby uncomfortable and to encourage the baby to turn. Do 3 times a day for 10-15 minutes when you have an empty stomach. Choose times when the baby is active. Concentrate on your baby using visualization and relaxation, avoid tensing, especially your abdomen.

Position: Lay on the floor and elevate your hips 12" (30cm) using large firm pillows (sofa cushions) with your legs bent up. Or. Prop one end of an ironing board or slant board 12-18" making sure it is stable. Lay with your head low and buttocks in the air and knees bent.

Place a tape recorder, or radio on very soft music at your pubic bone (or your partner or children can sing or talk softly at the same area) to encourage the baby to want to get close to the sounds. Fluid is a good conductor of sound!

Some experienced providers will do an external version in the hospital. Additional tips:

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