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Old 02-21-2013, 03:39 PM   #16
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Ugh...I'd just go for a c-section.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:46 PM   #17
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Her point is that a c-section has risks too.

There is more to her decision, but I'm trying to be a good supportive friend and not judge her as I'm not in her shoes... :-)
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #18
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She just updated me. The doctor decided to wait a day and do it first thing in the morning. The baby is still in the sideways position.

She said the doctor answered all of her remaining questions and she is confident in her decision.
This is going to sound crazy but since she has another day, tell her to go home and get on her hands and knees and lower her head and chest to the ground. tell her to stay that way for about five minutes. (rocking her body) Tell her to do it a few times through out the day and tomorrow morning. This may release the pressure on the baby and it may turn.

The reason I say this is because I had a breach baby and had to have a c section the first time. My second baby was the same way and a female Dr. told me to do this and the baby may flip on its own. IT WORKED! My baby did flip on her own. I still ended up with a c section, but it was due to her heart rate during labor.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #19
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She's been doing the positions for a week too. Her doctor wanted to try everything possible before inversion because he doesn't like to do it. She even tried a bag if frozen peas near the head to try and get it to move away from the cold. All of the things they tried had baby start moving like crazy (and this is a baby that hasn't moved much the whole pregnancy) but it would get to a certain spot and stop, going back to the original position. And my friend has been in a LOT of pain every time the baby tries to move.

That is what scares me for her. If the baby moving on its own hurts her that much, how much will it hurt when the doctor forces it? She doesn't handle pain well.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:56 PM   #20
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I give her doctor credit for trying natural remedies first and listening to her when she said she didn't want a c-section.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:05 PM   #21
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I had one done. It was no big deal. It took less than 2 minutes, including stopping halfway through to do a quick ultrasound scan and make sure we weren't compressing his cord. It didn't hurt at all, and I had no pain meds.

I will say that I had a good OB who likes to do ECVs and has a lot of practice with them. She says that you can tell really quickly whether someone is a good candidate or not. She doesn't spend a long time yanking and pulling. Either it works or it doesn't. Although, sometimes if it doesn't work at first, she'll have an epidural administered to relax the woman's tummy muscles and try one more time.

I did a lot of things before the ECV, and I think that they did help a little. His bottom was originally wedged in my pelvis, but he was sideways the morning of the ECV. I did chiropractic adjustments, homeopathic pulsatilla, laying on an ironing board, lots of knee-to-chest positioning, and the typical flashlight, music, cold peas, and heating pad.

A c-section does have risks, and those risks only increase when the baby is breach. Doctors don't like to talk about it (since it's unavoidable), but it's hard to get a breach baby out during a c-section. They end up doing a lot of tugging and pulling. If the baby will turn, everything is much, much better.
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I had one done. It was no big deal. It took less than 2 minutes, including stopping halfway through to do a quick ultrasound scan and make sure we weren't compressing his cord. It didn't hurt at all, and I had no pain meds.

I will say that I had a good OB who likes to do ECVs and has a lot of practice with them. She says that you can tell really quickly whether someone is a good candidate or not. She doesn't spend a long time yanking and pulling. Either it works or it doesn't. Although, sometimes if it doesn't work at first, she'll have an epidural administered to relax the woman's tummy muscles and try one more time.

I did a lot of things before the ECV, and I think that they did help a little. His bottom was originally wedged in my pelvis, but he was sideways the morning of the ECV. I did chiropractic adjustments, homeopathic pulsatilla, laying on an ironing board, lots of knee-to-chest positioning, and the typical flashlight, music, cold peas, and heating pad.

A c-section does have risks, and those risks only increase when the baby is breach. Doctors don't like to talk about it (since it's unavoidable), but it's hard to get a breach baby out during a c-section. They end up doing a lot of tugging and pulling. If the baby will turn, everything is much, much better.
Definately!

My mom said the Dr's had a hard time getting DD out. They got her feet out first but her head was stuck. According to my mom, who was in the delivery room, her feet came out at 8:16 and at 8:18 they finally got her head out. She said they were passing her legs around saying "you try." Anyway, all turned out well.
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Update - mom and baby are ok. It was a struggle and baby only got moved 3/4 of the way. Mom is in a lot of pain. Baby's heartbeat stayed constant. The doctor doesn't think the baby will flip back because it was so difficult to move. They are hopeful it will move the rest of the way by itself.

She did say it was the worst pain she ever felt, worse than childbirth!
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #24
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I'll definitely opt for a c-section if I'm ever in a similar situation now.
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I'll definitely opt for a c-section if I'm ever in a similar situation now.
I think the pain must depend on how elastic the mom's uterus is and how big the baby is. My boss's wife had it done, the baby moved with just a little pressure all the way down and the mom had no pain.

However, if I'm in this position in July, I will opt for the c-section. From what I've read and been told by my doctor, the risks of a csection are more for the mother (some for baby of course) but inversion puts more risk on the baby. I know there is risks for both of us in either case, but I want most if the risk to be on me.
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