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Old 02-21-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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A friend of mine is having a manual inversion of her breach baby today. She's scared to death, and I'm worried for her. Anyone I've talked to who had it done said it was the most painful thing they've ever had done, worse than the birth itself. Not to mention the risks, but you have risks no matter what you do.

Luckily her parents came in to town, and her DH will be there. She has alienated most of her friends so she doesn't have a lot of outside support.

I sent her a text that I am thinking of her today and I'm not going to bother her until she or her family tell me how it's going. But I'm nervous and wanted to get it off my chest. Thanks for listening!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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I had it done. I think I had IV versed to dull the pain. It wasn't that bad. It also didn't work. DD was too long to turn. They only got her sideways and she wouldn't budge any further. However, my water broke that night. I was 37 weeks.

ETA: Mine was an external version. Hands pushing and pulling all over my belly.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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A friend of mine is having a manual inversion of her breach baby today. She's scared to death, and I'm worried for her. Anyone I've talked to who had it done said it was the most painful thing they've ever had done, worse than the birth itself. Not to mention the risks, but you have risks no matter what you do.

Luckily her parents came in to town, and her DH will be there. She has alienated most of her friends so she doesn't have a lot of outside support.

I sent her a text that I am thinking of her today and I'm not going to bother her until she or her family tell me how it's going. But I'm nervous and wanted to get it off my chest. Thanks for listening!
Ugh, that sounds awful! I was lucky that my baby was in the correct position & did not have to go through that, but I have some friends who had that procedure done & they said it was not fun, to say the least

Wishing comfort for your friend for a safe and quick procedure!
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:20 PM   #4
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A friend of mine is having a manual inversion of her breach baby today. She's scared to death, and I'm worried for her. Anyone I've talked to who had it done said it was the most painful thing they've ever had done, worse than the birth itself. Not to mention the risks, but you have risks no matter what you do.

Luckily her parents came in to town, and her DH will be there. She has alienated most of her friends so she doesn't have a lot of outside support.

I sent her a text that I am thinking of her today and I'm not going to bother her until she or her family tell me how it's going. But I'm nervous and wanted to get it off my chest. Thanks for listening!
If it works, and that's a big IF, it will be much better than a c-section. Many providers won't even attempt one, and just default to a surgical birth.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:20 PM   #5
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Thanks all. This is an external inversion. The baby has its head and butt wedged up under her ribs. She said baby seems to have been trying to flip, but gets stuck and goes back up.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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She is anti C-section which is why she is trying this. She has her reasons, that I respect even if I don't agree with. But she was in tears last night saying she had accepted the possibility that she can't do a natural birth this time.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #7
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Thanks all. This is an external inversion. The baby has its head and butt wedged up under her ribs. She said baby seems to have been trying to flip, but gets stuck and goes back up.
That's exactly how my DD was. She wasn't in a 'true' breach position of butt down and head up. Her butt on the left side of my belly and head and feet on the right side. She couldn't make the turn and just stayed that way. And she was delivered via c-section in that position.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:32 PM   #8
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How far along is.she?
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:39 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:40 PM   #10
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Fingers crossed for a successful inversion. I have a friend who had one done with her second and she said it was more painful than her labor. It worked, but she said she wouldn't do it again.

One of my twins we breech but thankfully because she was the second one down the chute, my doctors were fine with delivering her breech. Good girl turned head down around 37 weeks and finally stayed that way.
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I had it done and it didn't even work.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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She's 37 weeks. Her last baby came 3 weeks early and this one is showing the same signs of coming soon.

The doctor gave it a 50-70% chance of working.
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Our first son was breech around that same 37 weeks. My wifes OB was married to an Asian internist and they both liked to use alternative medicine from time to time. She suggested we use Moxybustion directed to the outside corner of the pinky toe.

My wife and I giggled the entire time we were doing this thinking it was totally ridiculous. Went back two days later expecting no change as she didn't feel him turn. He was head down and external inversion avoided.

Of course he had a ginormous head so after six days of off an on contractions she still had a c-section.
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Our first son was breech around that same 37 weeks. My wifes OB was married to an Asian internist and they both liked to use alternative medicine from time to time. She suggested we use Moxybustion directed to the outside corner of the pinky toe.

My wife and I giggled the entire time we were doing this thinking it was totally ridiculous. Went back two days later expecting no change as she didn't feel him turn. He was head down and external inversion avoided.

Of course he had a ginormous head so after six days of off an on contractions she still had a c-section.
Her doctor had her try the acupuncture a moxabustion first too. Baby would try to flip and get stuck and move back. I'm wondering if there just isn't room and they are causing mom and baby unnecessary discomfort. But I'm not a dr and that isn't my decision.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:34 PM   #15
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My daughter was breech at 38 weeks, and we went in for an inversion. Honestly, it wasn't really a big deal for me at all. They didn't give me anything for pain, because they said that would be an indicator to the doctors of when to stop trying. The worst part was whatever they put in my IV to try and stop potential contractions. It made my heart race, which caused me to be nervous! Up until then, totally calm.

Funniest part? After they were done turning her, they told me to jump off the table and hop up and down to seat her head in my pelvis. My reply was "I'm 38 weeks pregnant, and I'm an elephant, I don't hop, or jump, pick something else!" They settled for me bouncing up and down on my toes.
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