|External Version and VBAC |
by Cynthia Flynn, CNM, Ph.D.
Q. 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:
- 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
- swimming, especially if you can do somersaults under water
- pulsatilla homeopathic
- putting a bag of frozen veggies on the baby's head and chasing it down
- gentle massage in the right direction
- drinking enough water so the swimming pool is big enough for baby to turn
- and having poppa talk to the business end where you want the head to be