The ideal and safest position for a baby to be born is head down or vertex position. Babies will turn head down between weeks 26 to 34 weeks of pregnancy (some babies as late as 36 weeks) however, with each week after 30 weeks there becomes less and less room for the baby to turn. On the other hand, once the baby is head down after 34 weeks, he or she is less likely to change from this position. Breech position refers to any other part of the baby except the head presenting first: baby’s bottom (complete, incomplete or frank breech), legs and feet (footling breech), arm or shoulder (transverse breech).
Breech position is not very common, occurring in 3-4% of pregnancies. Most women who have a baby in breech position have very limited options for how they can give birth, with the vast majority giving birth by Cesarean. Although vaginal breech births are making a (very small) return to obstetrical practice, such a birth, where an experienced care provider is available, is highly dependent on the baby’s position, size and other factors that make many breech positioned babies ineligible for vaginal birth.
To possibly avoid a c-section, it is in the mother’s and baby’s interest to explore options to help turn the baby into the head down position.
Dr. EeVon Ling ND can provide services and recommendations to help turn a breech baby. Acupuncture and moxabustion (the burning of incense-like sticks near, but not touching, acupuncture points) have evidence to support its use in turning breech babies. She also offers hypnosis and visualization, exercise recommendations and other resources to encourage the baby’s proper positioning.
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