As few providers will vaginally deliver a baby in breech position, finding out your baby is in a breech position can provoke quite a lot of anxiety – and reasonably so. First, be sure your baby is actually in a breech position – here’s a description of the types of breech and non-breech presentations.
Next, explore your options for what you can do. This ebook from Spinning Babies is focused on helping your breech baby turn. You can also review the resources on this page. You can also consider chiropractic care during pregnancy, with providers trained in the Webster Technique. Your OB might offer to do an ECV or External Cephalic Version.
Two doula tips:
- If you have a long torso, baby might just have a very big playing pen in utero and by taking a birth scarf or shawl and tying it gently under your breasts and over the top of the fundus (tie it in the back not the front) you can shorten your torso slightly. This may encourage baby to move into the anterior head down position by limiting their “playing space” in which they have been moving and turning around.
- Talk to your baby gently and firmly rather than in a frustrating or scolding tone. This will be one of many many times in parenthood when you wish your child would do something they’re not doing 🙂 They’ll cooperate better with some firm but gentle prodding 🙂