At 34 weeks, I found out Baby M was breech, and to say I was stressed is an understatement. So I did some research, and tried to find all of my options. I tried elevating my hips (broke my ironing board!), played music in my lower belly, and ordered the Turn Your Breech Baby CD. Then I called my acupuncturist. Went to see her 3 times, and while she got the baby to be very active, she never turned. So then I called the chiro and had him try the Webster technique last week, and I was scheduled for another visit with him this past Monday.
I also had my 36 week OB appt that day, so when I went in, my OB said, …
“She’s still breech, and if we’re going to turn her, we need to do it today.” I knew I was willing to try to ECV, but I was like, TODAY? Um, OKAY?
So my husband and I had all day to weigh the options, and in the end, we said, “Let’s do it.” I did NOT want a C Section, and the ECV seemed to be the best way to get me a natural birth.
Before the hospital, I listened to Fear Release and the Turn Your Breech Baby CDs. We went to the hospital around 3:30, and they monitored me and the baby for 30 minutes. I put on my Deepening CD, and the nurse came in a bit later and said I was registering as “asleep” at the nurses station (great confidence booster, yay, it works!). Around 4, they wheeled me down to the Ultrasound, and it was time for the version. I kept myself in Center Switch, and my husband said later that it looked like I was high/out of it.
The ECV took only about 3 minutes. My OB tipped the table so my head was lower than my feet, and he gave me a shot to relax my uterus. Then he used his fingers to lift the baby out of my pelvis and then turned her a bit. After every turn, he watched her heartbeat (the US tech held the US to me belly the whole time), until she was head first. The actual turning of the baby was no big deal. The only pain was with his nails digging into my skin, plus the shot and lying at that angle made me light headed and wanting to barf. I also yawned like crazy. I got really sweaty, so the doctor had to use the blanket to give her the final turn, which was sweet relief b/c no more fingernails!
After I was done, they monitored us both for an hour, and they said her heartbeat was strong, no problems. I had a few contractions, but they went away before bed time.
I’m so glad we did it, because I can finally relax and get back to concentrating on my Hypnobabies. For those two weeks of wondering, I would do the CDs and practice my finger drop, thinking it might all be for naught. Now I’m excited and really starting to visualize this birth!
So far, she’s stayed head down. Please stay that way, Baby Girl!
Originally posted on November 24, 2008