Newport Beach Chiropractor: Ways to Turn a Breech Baby
Posted Aug 02 2010 12:03pm
The Webster Technique:
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which reduces nerve system stress, improves pelvic muscle and ligament function reducing torsion to the uterus and potential intrauterine constraint allowing the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. Once the tension and structural strain are reduced, in a case of a breech baby, it provides more support for the correct positioning of the baby and the baby is more likely to turn. The purpose of the Webster Technique is not to ‘turn breech babies’ but it’s been known to do to so, due to the reduction in tension of the ligaments in the pelvic area as well as opening up the space for the baby.
Visualizing: Closing your eyes and seeing your baby move around with the head down in your pelvis a few times a day with or without meditation. You should apply the visualization to all the following exercises as well.
Breech Tilting Position: This is most useful when the baby is active. Using pillows raise your hips above your shoulders by about 18 inches and lay down on a flat surface. Stay in this position and practice deep breathing in conjunction with visualization. In this position, the baby’s head which is the heaviest part will drop down with the help of gravity.
Massage: Using both hands, massage your belly clockwise around your abdomen. Also massaging or stimulating the lateral portion (outer part) of your little toes has been known to stimulate the baby to turn.
Hands & Knees: Stay on all fours, kneeling over a birthing ball and stretch your pelvis. You can also do this exercise without a ball; it’s a yoga stretch called cat or camel stretch. While on all fours, you lift up your buttocks and your belly and round your back up towards the ceiling. Then you slowly bring your back and belly down towards the floor. Don’t forget to breath and visualize during all of these exercises.
Flashlight: With the flashlight, you can get the attention of your baby towards the light. Grab a flashlight and put it where you think the baby’s head is, and then move it towards your pubic bone. Quick movements can get the baby’s attention better. Try it again and again!
Music: The same concept done with the flashlight applies here and you can use an I-pod with classical or calming music. Do this when the baby is most active. Continue pulling the music down to your pubic bone until you get some motion. Don’t give up and continue visualizing your baby’s head moving down!
The baby will move away from the ice, so place a bag of frozen pea’s on your belly close to the head. The purpose of this is to get the baby to move away from it and towards your pubic bone.