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Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM
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Anyone had this done?? Our baby girl is breech. Last week her feet were down, this week her butt is down. My dr is consulting with an OB specialist (or something - not really sure what to call her) and is going to see if she will assist him in doing an external version at 39 weeks.

I'm just curious about it. This is my third pregnancy and my first time with a breech baby. Does the external version work?
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KristinCarr
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

has your baby dropped into your pelvis yet? 

louzannalady
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I would prefer, if faced with this, to find a competant provider who delivers breech, than to try a version. It doesn't work and your water breaks or baby goes into distress- which are the two VERY likely outcomes over turning her, then they will just cart you off for a c-section. A baby can turn head down during labor. I would rather have a provider who gave me resources to turn my baby with very, very few risks than to suggest something so risky. Some other options are going to a chiropracter who is Webster techinque certified, seeing an accupuncturist/massage therapist or visit spinningbabies.com. Or, if you do consent to a c-section for her being breech, waiting until the very last minute, going into labor on your own and waiting until you are dilated to a nine, to give her every chance. At least, then you would know she was ready to be born and the contractions help squeeze out the fluid in her lungs, helps with the flora of her gut and helps put a certain type of stress on her head, that helps with brain development. Babies benefit greatly from labor. 

aimhawk
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I would not go through with it. There is still time for baby to turn on her own and there have been cases of them turning during labor.

beadingmom17
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM
My oldest DD was feet first. She was like that from 32 weeks until the day she was born. The version was brought up but I felt the risks were way too high for something that has about a 50% success rate :/ I tried EVERYTHING to try to turn her (massage, the spinning babies site, etc) and she never budged. I had her by c-section...poor thing was so shoved up in my ribs that she probably would have been injured had we tried to turn her by version.
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mem82
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM
I think with a doctor that knows what they are doing, I would try to get baby to turn. I don't see it as any more risky than trying to deliver breech.
How far along are you?
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Pandapanda
by Cafe Panda on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

It can work, yes. There are things you can do before labor to try turning her though. Check out Spinning Babies (Google it, it'll show up) and try out those things. 

My daughter flipped at 39w1d, which put me into labor, and she was born the next morning. 

I would never consent to a cesarean before a Trial Of Labor though, and I always make sure to hire someone who knows how to attend a breech delivery. 

MeghanPerez
by Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM
I'm 34w2d. My dr and I both realize that there's still time for her to turn, the version wouldn't be done until 39 weeks.

Quoting mem82:

I think with a doctor that knows what they are doing, I would try to get baby to turn. I don't see it as any more risky than trying to deliver breech.

How far along are you?
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mem82
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM
Good luck! Hopefully Baby decides to give Mommy a break and will flip in the next few days! 8)

Quoting MeghanPerez:

I'm 34w2d. My dr and I both realize that there's still time for her to turn, the version wouldn't be done until 39 weeks.



Quoting mem82:

I think with a doctor that knows what they are doing, I would try to get baby to turn. I don't see it as any more risky than trying to deliver breech.


How far along are you?
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kmqw229
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:24 PM
I would never try it.

Good luck.
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Surprise_Baby00
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:41 PM

I almost had one done with my first pregnancy, but after doing some research on it, I decided against having it done, and I delivered my son breech.

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