Lucky for her, 36 weeks left time to take action. Her boy was still moving between transverse and breech which is good news (sort of) because that meant there was still room TO move. Want to know what a doula does when HER baby is mal-positioned and she wants to correct alignment naturally? Read on!
Sometimes sweet, little babies are breech or transverse because they don't like our positions and are overcompensating. Correct posture, sitting on an exercise ball, and hip circles are some very simple courses of action Nikomi tried. Next, she performed several inversion positions to encourage baby to work with gravity, get out of the birth canal, and resettle correctly -- head down! This video is one Nikomi found helpful to use as a guide for positions to try.
Tools Around the House
Position changes are just one easy technique to encourage a breech baby to turn. Another easy home trick Nikomi tried was placing an ice pack high on her belly. This technique creates an uncomfortable environment for baby's head that they sometimes shy away from. If this technique works, baby settles lower in the pelvis so their little heads can get as far as can be from the cold! Similar to the ice pack, Nikomi also rubbed peppermint essential oil at the top of her belly. It creates that same cold environment near baby's head, causing them to turn (hopefully!).
Help from Prenatal Care Professionals
If you are lucky, home remedies might be all you need to flip your little monster. Sometimes though, you need a little help from your friends. Two very effective methods are: moxibustion by a prenatal acupuncturist and The Webster Technique by a prenatal chiropractor.
IMPORTANT NOTE! Pregnant bodies require an additional level of care, so if you decide to proceed with either of these methods, be sure you go to practitioners certified to work with expectant women. Now is not the time to be a guinea pig!
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Call the Doctor
While Nikomi was scheduled for an ECV at week 37, she chose not to go forward. Her amniotic fluid levels were good which made the procedure favorable. It could have been successful, but Nikomi had a few weeks remaining and preferred nature and baby to take their course. We should note, this was a risky decision on her part. The further a pregnancy progresses, the bigger baby gets, and less fluid available to lubricate the turn.
SPOILER ALERT: After trying all of the tricks above, her sweet baby cooperated and turned head down. No need for the Version! Now rather than prayers to turn baby, her prayers are for him to stay put and settle in. As the days tick by, Nikomi continues her home remedies and stays hydrated so fluid levels remain good in the event she needs to take advantage of a Version.