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Are there ways to shift a breech baby before birth?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: There is a procedure called an external cephalic version to rotate a breech or transverse (sideways) baby to the correct position which is head down. The doctor or cnm uses his or her hands to apply pressure on the abdomen allowing the baby to rotate. This procedure can be uncomfortable for the mom and requires an experienced provider to be done safely.
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Sometimes: Your question is better to refer to your primary ob/gyn doctor, who will provide you with detailed response. It's out of my specialty field, sorry.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Moxibustion: I wanted to add a traditional chinese medicine option to the excellent ideas provided by dr. Collins & dr. Livingston. Moxibustion (heated mugworth)is applied to major acupuncture points to assist the baby in moving from a breech position to a head down position. This site explains: http://www.Pregnancy.Com.Au/birth-choices/breech-birth/moxibustion-for-breech-presentation.Shtml.
Dr. L. Collins
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As a trained medical acupuncturist, I too used to offer moxibustion to pregnant women with breech pregnancies. But early promising studies haven't been rigorously enough replicated. While not harmful, I'm less confident that it's helpful than I have been in the past.
Mar 30, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Thank you so much for this feedback. I did acupuncture training with several OB/GYN doctors. My acupuncture practice does not include obstetrical / gynecological treatment - so it is helpful to hear from others. Heidi
Mar 30, 2013

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