Resources for parents and providers

Prevention & Turning of Breech

Seeking resources to help turn your baby?  Or did you have a previous breech baby and are searching for ways to prevent breech positioning?  Learn how to encourage optimal positioning and be sure to consult your care provider for individual recommendations.

 

Prevention

While the following techniques are intended to help prevent breech, they are also considered ideal options for increasing comfort, well-being, and encouraging optimal mother/baby positioning for all women during pregnancy and birth.

Spinning Babies has a wonderful resource explaining many options and techniques available, including bodyworkmaternal positioning, daily essentials for balancing, and parent class.

Encouraging Baby to be Head Down

Understanding how uterus shape affects breech presentation and what you can do to help.

How the Chiropractic Webster Technique Can Help You Birth Without Fear

Chiropractic Webster Technique demonstration.

Turning

Some believe that babies should never actively be turned as they were meant to be born in that particular position.  Regardless of your belief, the complexities of our culture require us to at least examine other options.  First, by doing bodywork and staying well hydrated, we can allow more space for baby to be able to rotate.  Second, as many hospitals or areas of the country do not currently have skilled providers, for many, a breech presentation might mean a cesarean birth.  Basic encouragement of baby to rotate as well as an External Cephalic Version (ECV) can be considered.

Spinning Babies has a wonderful resource explaining many options and techniques available, including bodywork, maternal positioning, daily essentials for balancing, what to do about breech, when to do it, and a parent class.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) article Breech baby at the end of pregnancy is incredibly informative.

Better Birth also has a useful list of options along with a detailed timeline, including a guide explaining your options throughout the pregnancy.

Breech Body Balancing to encourage your baby to turn.

Encouraging Baby to be Head Down

How to get onto a slant board when doing the breech tilt.

Breech Decisions is another way to understand your options with a breech baby.

How the Chiropractic Webster Technique Can Help You Birth Without Fear

Chiropractic Webster Technique demonstration.

Using Pulsatilla to encourage baby to turn.

How to Use Moxibustion to Turn Breech Babies video and article describing use of moxibustion for turning breech babies.

Emotional connections to breech presentation are discussed here.

External Cephalic Version (ECV)

Evidence Based Birth has an illuminating research review describing the evidence for External Cephalic Version, highlighting the average success rate for turning a breech baby as 58%, overall complication rate as 6%, and rate of serious complications as 0.24%.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) has another review of ECV and reducing the incidence of breech presentation, indicating that all women with a breech presenting baby at term should be offered an ECV with a skilled provider.

Some wonder if babies that have successfully been turned head down have more complications or the mother is more likely to have a cesarean.  However, research shows that after an ECV, mothers’ chances for a cesarean did not increase. Additional research has indicated that “ECV at term is associated with a low rate of serious complications.”

External Cephalic Version (ECV)– 5 Things to Consider Before Having One

External Cephalic Version (ECV) video 1 and video 2  are helpful visuals for understanding what happens during the procedure.

How the Doula Helps During a Breech Version

Baby Turned

What to do if/when baby turns head down?   Engage them!  Do not go upside down and let gravity assist you with walking, lunges, pelvic circles, pelvic tilts, and belly support!