Don't despair - there is so much you can still do or you can also relax and "wait and see" - whichever you do you will be fine. I have experienced both: Breech ending in c-section and breech ending in natural birth! Two VERY different experiences.
My OB (yes my OB!) assured me my son was head down and then the day before my due date at my check up she put me on the monitor and said I was in labor! But I had no idea. She said I would have the baby that night - but she would do an ultrasound - just to check.
Then she did the ultrasound and said: "OMG - He's Breech!
You have to have a C-Section".
I did not think I had any other choice and I was panicking, so I had the C-Section. It went fine, baby fine and I made a good physical recovery with no complications.
But I had a hard time being alone after the birth when my husband went back to work. We had no family here and everyone works - so if a C-Section is a possibility - make sure that: a) you have as much help as you can get. b) If people offer help - say "YES"! c) If family comes to visit and stay with you, make sure they understand that they are there to help and not just to vacation or socialize. (This happened 3 weeks after the birth to us and it was awful. Yes, they were here to see the baby, but they also stayed for a week and my husband felt compelled to entertain them (they were his family) and I was left alone while he did this.)
Make sure you keep in touch with your OB after the 6-8 week period if necessary. I actually went through a postpartum depression after this time and did not recognize it till it was all over. Being in a Las Madres group helped me realize that I was not feeling (or looking) the way other Mom's were and that clued me in with their help. I had not felt like going to a group prior to 3 months after delivery - but should have.
I was determined not to let my daughter be breech and I wanted a VBAC!
Changed my doctor to a group with midwives - whole different experience. At 30 weeks, we knew she was breech.
Here's what they had me do:
Swimming to the bottom of the pool and back up
Acupuncture : Moxibustion Sticks to the outside of the pinkie toe (have someone else do this if doing this at home - belly gets in the way!) Or the acupuncturist can do it for you. It stimulated fetal movement.
Chiropractor: There is a gentle technique especially for pregnant women to help relax the ligaments around the uterus and so create more room for baby to turn.
There is nothing aggressive about this at all and it is very comfortable.
Everybody is different and gets results with different things.
I was still worried that she would not turn in time, so at 38 weeks I asked for a version. My doctor said she would send me for a consult, but doubted that they would do it because I had had a prior C-Section.
I talked to my Chiro - she told me of a doctor in Santa Cruz who does versions frequently and suggested I consult with him. I did and he was very up front and felt there was an 80% chance that she would turn - and he successfully turned her and I had an un-medicated (this is what I wanted), natural birth 5 days later delivered in the hospital with a midwife and a doula.
The Chiro was Dr Marian Moss - she is great and I highly recommend her. Pregnant Mom's is one of her specialties.
You can check her out here at the Core Clinic:
and read her bio.
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Hope this helps. Contact me if you need any further information and I wish you a safe and happy delivery, however things happen. Both options are fine - just do what feels right for YOU!