M.C. asks from Everett, WA on March 07, 2007
Baby in a Footling Breech Position
I am pregnant with a breech baby and I am unsure of what to do...the doctors have given me a choice of doing a version or having a c-section. Is there anybody that has any imformation or expereinces with this. I am scared to death about both of them. Please help!!
So What Happened?™
Well I went to see my ob today and he was planning on just doing a c-section instead of a External Version until he did an ultrasound and discovered that my son in a matter of 3 days went from being in a footling breech position to being in a head down postion preparing himself for birth. The doctor said he could tell that my son was low cuz he was laying right on my pelvic bone. So all is well now unless he decides to turn back.
Thank you everyone for all of your advice.
A.S. answers from Portland on March 08, 2007
Csection!!!! I had a good friend that had an inversion done and she said it was horribly painful, and 3 days later her little guy flipped back to breech and she still had to have a c-section. Based on her experience I would say don't do it!
T.J. answers from Jacksonville on March 08, 2007
As the people before me have said versions don't normally work. My son was breech but luckly right after my water broke he decided to turn around. So I didn't have to go through either one, but I know lots of other people that had to go through the same decision you do and they went with the version first and then had to end up having a c-section anyways...one because the baby just wouldn't turn... another because they got the baby to turn and then she just turned right back around the next day... They all said it hurt very much. I would try all the non-surgery stuff first if you have the time and then if none work I'd do the c-section. Congrates on the little one and hope everything goes good.
B.T. answers from Seattle on March 08, 2007
You have more options than just cesarean or version! Definitely get chiropractic care: I also recommend Dr. Long in Tacoma. Also, call your childbirth educator or doula for suggestions. There are so many non-interventive things that can be done. Your doula will come to your house and help you with things like music and warmth to entice baby to move, lying on an ironing board inverted, the open knee-chest position to bring baby out of the pelvis and encourage rotation, etc. Versions often work and I would highly recommend doing one before jumping into major abdominal surgery. Please let me know if I can help in any way. I can refer you to a doula or many other birth professionals in your area if you'd like to try these very safe alternatives!
S.P. answers from Seattle on March 08, 2007
I have experience with both. My son, who is 6 months old, was breach, and I was in pre-term labor for 6 weeks. Lots of bedrest and running to the hospital to stop the contractions. I had contractions every 3-5 mintues for 6 weeks, but because my baby was breach, he wasn't being pushed out. Anyway, they decided to do a version, but they get you all prepared for the C-Section before just incase turning him sent me into full labor. Yes it is very painful, but since i didn't ever get the full-on contractions of the end of childbirth I don't know which is more painful. Anyway, we managed to turn him halfway, but not all the way. So we scheduled a C-Section for 38 1/2 weeks, to try and get him to turn on his own and a the same time get some more in-utero time to finish growing. The C-Section was no big deal for me, all of my family of course was freaking out, but I had done my research at that point, and I was okay with it. Once he was born, we discovered the reason he couldn't be turned, his cord was too short. This is fairly rare, and having the C-Section likely saved his life. Since you are currently pregnant I won't scare you with a second-hand horror story.
The C-Section itself was fine for me. I have a small scar, and it takes a little time to get back on your feet, but you get to spent the time bonding with your new child. You have to let yourself rest for the first 6 weeks, so you aren't up and running around during nap time trying to do house-cleaning or whatever when you should be resting. If you are really scared about the C-Section, look on the website for the Mayo-Clinic, they have a video that takes you through a woman's C-Section, as well as some info to help set your mind at ease. I'm the type of person who likes to do lots of research, hear lots of opinions, then make my own choices based on what I have learned. I hope this has been helpful, and I definatly suggest going onto the MayoClinic's website.
C.G. answers from Seattle on March 07, 2007
My daughter was breech a few weeks before she was born, and my midwives told me to play music on my stomach as far down as I could fit headphones, and my daughter turned right away. They say that the baby wants to hear the music. I hope this helps!!!
J.C. answers from Seattle on March 08, 2007
My advice would be chiropractic care. If you go between 35 and 38 weeks you have the best chance of the baby turning. If you live in the Puget Sound area, I HIGHLY recommend Dr Michael Long at Renaissance Chiropractic Center. I've been seeing him since I was pregnant with my first (I have 2 now) and he's a godsend. He adjusts my husband, and both my girls as well, since they were born. He has a strong success rate with turning breech babies.
J.J. answers from Portland on March 08, 2007
Don't be afraid! It's not as bad as you think! I've had a c-section and it went very smoothly and the doctors were great. I have to go in for a scheduled c-section for this baby on the way, and I'm like, just give me the epidural, I'll take that over labor anyday!! :) You will feel some pressure when they take the baby out, but it's a very safe procedure and you will do just fine. Do some reading on it and be prepared for it. :) Good Luck!!
M.H. answers from Portland on March 08, 2007
My son was in the breech position for a long time and never turned. He didn't have much choice though since he had his twin in there with him taking up the extra room. So I had a c-section and it wasn't bad and the nice thing about it was I didn't have to go through that much labor since they knew he was breech. I also have a three year old who was not a c-section so I can definitely tell you there are pluses and minuses to both. Don't worry too much because either way you have a wonderful present at the end. Hope this helps and good luck.
L.J. answers from Portland on March 08, 2007
I had this same problem with my first child. You should know that the version has a small chance of working and it is painful. The way it works is a doctor and possibly one or two nurses press down on your abdomen really hard and try to turn the baby. Extremely painful and difficult. I ended up having to do the c-section anyway. I wouldn't be scared, you'll have a healthy baby at the end either way. A c-section is surgery you do have a recovery time, but if my next baby is breech next time I will just schedule the c-section right away.