Jump to content


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 mama123

Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

Hi there,

I am 36.1 weeks with baby number 4 and have just discovered that my baby has turned breech, despite being head down since pretty much conception. Tounge1.gif

I go back in a weeks time to see what position she is in and for all the usual checks.

Has anyone else found themselves in this situation? This is my 4th pregnancy.

Thanks original.gif

#2 pippityroo

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

I'm not from this DIG, but thought I'd add my experience if that's ok original.gif

My 3rd & 4th babies were both breech. I tried so many things to turn them, but nothing worked. In the end I gave up trying to turn #4, and just let her be.

I had #3 by Caesar, despite badly wanting to birth her vaginally. The doctors scared me into a c/s, and were really unsupportive. But at the time I chose what I felt was right (I do regret it now though).

#4 I had vaginally. She was a breech vbac, but I had to fight to have her that way (birthed in a different hospital to #3). Whilst my drs were somewhat supportive, they would have preferred me to have a c/s, but I refused. I did a lot of reading, and decided to go for the breech vbac delivery, and it was successful. My birth story is in my sig if you wish to read it original.gif

I suggest joining the breech birth group on FB - https://www.facebook.com/groups/breech/ the ladies there are really supportive, no matter what way you choose to deliver your baby.

There is also www.breechbirth.net for more info.

And try spinning babies for techniques to turn baby - www.spinningbabies.com

You do still have time for baby to turn back to head down, despite what people say. I know of a few ladies whose babies turned at the last moment (and in labour too!).

ETA, I forgot to add. I had a ECV with #3, but it was unsuccessful of course. It wasn't at all painful, just slightly uncomfortable. Didn't bother with #4 cause I'd had a c/s and the OBs weren't keen to try one in fear of uterine rupture.

Good luck with your decision! Hope your birth goes well. No matter what way you go original.gif

Edited by PippityRoo, 06 February 2013 - 12:12 PM.

#3 PurpleNess

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

I haven't been in your exact position but my first baby was breech - transverse lie till about 34 weeks. I went swimming and am positive this helped him turn.

Also bounced on a fit ball & get gravity to help out :-)

I understand many babies don't turn again until in labour but i was keen to get him to move as I didn't want a C section at all.

Check out SpinningBabies.com for tips & also do your research before agreeing to an ECV as there are a few risks involved, make an informed decision if it comes to that.

Wishing you the best

#4 mama123

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

Thank you.

I am trying not to over think it at this stage. I am quietly optimistic she will turn by herself, if she hasn't already.

I have been told about moxabustion so that might be our first step if any are needed. I always said I would never try an ECV but now that I could possibly find myself in a breech situation, I am beginning to think differently.

I am at a public hospital. I have been told that it would be best to seek another public hospital if I plan to attempt a vaginal delivery. I speak to 'THE' person at my public hospital more about their policies next week. Normally I would attempt a vaginal delivery (have had 3 successfully) but this other hospital would be over an hours drive and since we already live 40mins from family, friends (to drop children off) and hubbies work, I don't feel confident we would make it in time.

Oh, decisions, decisions.

#5 PurpleNess

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:45 PM

I was booked in for the Moxabustion but bub turned before hand so didn't go through with it. Certainly I'd do everything before a ECV :-)

Giving it's your 4th I wouldn't over think it too much but yep a plan would be good :-)

#6 redmum77

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:46 PM


My first bub turned breech at 36 weeks, and back again 3 days later. My second was every lie under the sun until just after 36 weeks, then head down. This third bub is doing the same as my second. If there is room to turn at 36 weeks then there is room to turn back. Give yourself a week or two and hopefully things will be ok, swimming is really helpful to get bub mobile.

It's pretty scary, even though I know mine will probably turn I still go through all the options in my head and just hope I don't need a CS. I don't think I'd do an ECV though, as bub can just turn back easily really, although I have heard of some people getting bub turned then getting an induction that day. Not for me, but might work for some and seems logical.

#7 mama123

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

Yes, I've found myself stuck between, 'don't over think it' and 'what's my plan B and C'.

My last baby came at 37.5 weeks and I can't shake the feeling that time is running out. Hopefully that's just irrational thinking. biggrin.gif

#8 Alxeen

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

I'll put in another vote for spinning babies, and also look into the Webster technique (done by a chiro), and acupuncture is also said to be of benefit.
However if this fails, and given your successful VBs, there is no cause for thinking breech birth isn't an option. Although one factor to consider would be the skill and experience of the attending doctor/midwife in delivering a breech baby. I think you mentioned you are public, in which case you should have the full complement of doctors on staff at the time to volunteer to deliver the breech baby (meaning, you should get the most experienced one). Comments above regarding lack of experience and therefore liability are quite true however.
Have a read of Mary Cronk's article on breech birth: http://www.aims.org.uk/Journal/Vol10No3/handOffbreech.htmI really liked the practical, common sense approach she takes. There's also a coalition for breech birth you can google.
With regards to "policies"....just remember that no one can force you to do anything that you are not comfortable doing. If you don't consent then it is against the law for them to do anything. Of course there are often good reasons for policies, but if you feel they are not relevant to you then make that known and negotiate with your hospital.
Good luck original.gif

#9 justthinking1

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:05 AM


I'm in a very similar situation actually. My baby has been head down for ages, then sometime between my last two appointments (33 & 36 weeks) the baby turned breech.

It's my 2nd baby and is big like my first (already 3.2kg with a 32cm head) so my OB isn't keen on a breech birth. So, we wait till our next appointment at 37wks to see if the baby has behaved itself and turned back to head down. If not, we "discuss our options" which include ECV. We live 110km away from our hospital too so thats another factor we have to consider.

My OB didn't really seem that positive about the ECV really, because of the size of the baby and it fast running out of room to turn. At this point I'm just hoping it turns before Thurs so I can avoid making any decisions!

Good luck!

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.