I had to schedule an external version after all sorts of crazy attempts to get my baby girl to turn on her own. Short version is: successful hypnosis and successful external version. The long story is below:
We were scheduled for the procedure at 12:30 pm, but had to be there at 11. Before I realized which day I would be heading in, I had scheduled an appointment with the chiropractor. She was still hopeful for having success through her methods, but the doctor was going on vacation and then it would be too late. I followed the doctor’s advice to go ahead with the external version because he really thought it would be successful. The chiropractor stretched out the ligaments in the front of my uterus and …
worked more on my sacral joint.
We arrived to the hospital and did all the paperwork. My doctor was of course late. He always is, but we love him anyway. My husband and I were starving by 11:30 am and he showed up after 1:00 pm. At noon, I did the Hypnobabies “deepening” track and then talked with my husband until the nurses wheeled in the ultrasound machine and told me the doctor was on his way. I then listened to my Hypnobabies “turn your breech baby” track. My husband was great at talking to them all and describing what I was doing. The doctor was excellent at waiting until I was ready and then introduced me to a student midwife and student nurse that he asked to come along. (It is part of my birth plan to allow student nurses… I aim to impress everyone with the success of hypnosis).
I think that actual procedure took about 20 minutes, but it was hard to tell. I was able to stay under hypnosis the whole time, but would have to constantly tell myself “peace.” (a Hypnobabies technique) The experience was very intense. There were only a couple of situations where there was pain, but again when I remembered to say “peace” to myself or “relax” it moved from painful to merely intense and uncomfortable quickly. At one point, my husband could tell that I was having difficulty returning to a relaxed state so he supplied the external cue which was very successful.
I’m glad that we decided to try it this week because she has moved from tushie on my left side to tushie in the center. I think she was close to being wedged. The doctor had to push her tushy out, though she fought him the whole time. After the successful turning, the doctor and nurses praised me quite a lot. My husband told me that they were seriously impressed with my relaxation throughout the procedure. I didn’t even hear them.
We were able to go home a couple of hours after the procedure. We would have been able to leave sooner, but my uterus did a little bit of practicing for my birthing time. Bonus: we already took care of most of registration for when the baby comes!