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    Elisa Guevara

    I am pregnant, thise is my first Baby, I have 33 weeks. 
    I just went to my doctor and she told me that my baby is on breech position, I know there is still time and he can turn in to the right position but I don't want to have any chance to have a c-section.
    Is there any chance to make some exercises or do something since now to make my baby change his position?????

    Henci Goer

    Yes, there is. Here are two strategies for turning a breech baby: moxibustion and the Webster chiropractic technique. If the baby doesn't turn, ask your midwife or doctor to schedule an external cephalic version (scroll down for the "plain language" summary) at around 36 weeks or so. This is a hands to belly technique in which guided by an ultrasound image, the doctor tries to turn the baby into a head down position. 

    You should also know that planned vaginal birth with a breech baby is a reasonable option for most women carrying a breech. You may wish to see if any care providers in your community are knowledgeable and skilled in vaginal breech birth. Unfortunately, few care providers have acquired the skill, but it is always possible. If there is a local birth network or an ICAN chapter, they are likely to know. Some communities have a birth resource center, and the folks there are likely to know as well.

    ~ Henci

    Aliki Caloyeras

    What advice would you give to a pregnant mother in her second pregnancy, whose baby is breech at 35 weeks, turned head down at 36 weeks immediately after acupuncture/ moxibustion, but then begins turning back a few days later? During her first pregnancy this mother's baby was breech at 34 weeks, but the baby turned head down successfully by 36 weeks with acupuncture/moxibustion and webster technique and stayed that way until labor began at 40 weeks. In the first pregnancy, the mother birthed the baby vaginally with the help of vacuum after 5 hours pushing. Is there greater cause for concern when the baby doesn't stay head down after first acupuncture/moxibustion turning? Mother is now 37.5 weeks. Any advice greatly appreciated.

    Henci Goer

    Since neither acupunture/moxibustion nor the Webster technique involve any direct manipulation of the baby, I can't think of any reason why repeating it would be a problem. However, the woman would do best to consult the practitioners of these techniques on this point. 

    ~ Henci

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