The Frankenbaby Chronicles

Two girls, three cats, some frozen sperm, a doctor's office, and a big dream.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Transverse baby

I'm really stressing about this transverse baby thing. My doula sent me some info to look over about things you can do to try to turn a baby, and all of the info said that a baby should not be transverse past 30 weeks. It makes it all sound really bad and unfixable and en route to a c-section. This freaks me out because I want to avoid a c-section as much as possible and am really nervous about things like surgery and anaesthesia!

I am thinking about calling a chiropractor. But I'm nervous because I've never been to a chiropractor ever and because we can't really afford a chiropractor. At all.

What to do, what to do...


Anonymous Debbie said...

don't worry to much about the baby being transverse My baby switched at the last possible minute( when they were checking me in for a c-section) I ended up having him in a natural vaginal birth. she still has time to turn over.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Kathryn - partner of Donna said...

I don't know anything about "transverse" babies I'm afraid - but I just wanted to say congratulations on the name change - I would have put a comment on your other blog - but I'm not that techno and didn't know how to!!

Try not to worry too much - your little one will make her way into this world one way or another :0)

5:18 AM  
Blogger Co said...

I don't know much about this. I know in our brief consultation with our MW she said if a baby was tranaverse, they'd do everything they could to try to turn him/her. But she said that even if we pulled out all the stops, it still might not shift the baby's position. It's up to you how many and which of those techniques you want to/can afford to try. Like you, I've never seen a chiro. So, I'd be nervous in your shoes. I think you need to do what is comfortable for you, remembering that while techniques can help, it's really up to your baby in the end.

My friend, who is a childbirth educator now, had a baby who was just in a lousy position for the birth. My friend knew the *techniques* she could use to try to get the baby in a better position, and she did them all, but her baby was stubborn and didn't budge. She did, in fact, deliver vaginally, but she ended up having to go to a hospital when she'd dreamed of a home birth. I think it's funny that she teaches women those same techniques now all the while knowing in her mind that they didn't make a damn bit of difference for her. But she has a beautiful, healthy baby girl now, so well... I'm sure that takes some of the sting out of it.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Jude said...

I know I can't "force" the issue but I'm just wondering if there's something with my body or shape that is making it difficult for the baby to go into the proper position (or if she's just contrary and difficult already). I want to give her every chance to go into the right position.

I have some weird "touch" issues so that's what makes me most nervous about a chiro... although I have gotten over quite a bit of them with all of the exams and IUIs and stuff - ha ha.

I guess I will wait another week and see how it goes... we keep trying to talk her into flipping and hopefully one day she will listen.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Mama Lisa said...

I had a transverse baby fairly late in the game. Tried lots of different methods & the only thing that helped was the Webster Technique chiropractic. Two sessions he turned.

I know several other moms with similar stories. I also have a friend who had an external version, and who believes that her child sustained some severe & persistent brain damage/diabilites due to the version.

I vote chiro!

10:54 PM  
Anonymous bri said...

I can't really help you overcome touch issues, but I can tell you that chiropractors are by far my favorite kind of doctor. I have been to 3 or 4 in several states and cities and ALL of them have been lovely and caring people. My current chiro is female (a bit harder to find - maybe because it require a good amount of physical strength?) and I absolutely adore her. Oh, and while it may depend on what's up with your alignment, there may not be a lot of cracking involved, if that makes you nervous. I really think you should give it a shot if things don't move around in the next weeks. But they SO might change. Jennifer's twins are at 34 weeks and they are STILL flipping around in there, changing positions week to week. If two can do it, one can totally do it.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Jude said...

I am trying to keep a positive outlook about all of this... but I think my kid is just lazy!

2:45 PM  

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