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External Version and VBAC
by Cynthia Flynn, CNM, Ph.D.
Cynthia FlynnQ. Can you tell me why it is that doctors refuse to do external versions to turn a breech baby for women trying to have a vaginal birth after c-section?

A. It's mainly because the ACOG guidelines recommend against it, so if anything DID go wrong, they would not have a leg to stand on.

There are many other ways to turn a breech baby that your midwife can tell you about, and most babies figure it out anyway. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. the traditional "slant", where the mom's bottom is higher than her heart (either a ton of pillows or lie on an ironing board (who has 'em?) propped from the floor to the couch

  2. swimming, especially if you can do somersaults under water

  3. moxibustion

  4. pulsatilla homeopathic

  5. putting a bag of frozen veggies on the baby's head and chasing it down

  6. gentle massage in the right direction

  7. drinking enough water so the swimming pool is big enough for baby to turn

  8. and having poppa talk to the business end where you want the head to be
Good luck!

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