5 Ways to Encourage A Baby in Transverse Position to Turn

In CategoryBirth, Holistic Pregnancy
ByThe Green Doula

transverse position

I have read that when a baby appears to be in the transverse position, that this symbolizes the baby’s comfort and desire to be close to their mother’s heart. While this is a sweet notion, when it comes to birth, the transverse position is problematic for a desired vaginal birth.

If after 30 weeks your baby is still presenting itself in a transverse position and your care provider and your self are concerned, it is helpful to incorporate some of these natural ways to encourage the little one to turn:

• Have either your partner or friend speak to the baby, shine a flash light, or place ear phones at your pubic bone area
• Contact a homeopathic doctor to give see if Pulsatilla in 200C potency or higher will work for you
• Pelvic rocking and exercises to strengthen muscle tone.
• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Have a chiropractor perform the Webster technique
• Try an inversion such as the one below:

DO do the inversion if you feel strong enough and it does not cause you discomfort for 2-3 times a day. DON’T do it if you have trouble breathing. As with any exercise, ask your caregiver if there is any medical reason why you shouldn’t do this. DON’T do this inversion if the case is your baby was in a breech position and has already turned head down.

1. Have a helper to brace your shoulders so you don’t come down from the couch too fast.
2. Have your knees on the edge of the couch.
3. Come down slowly.
4. Brace yourself on your forearms.
5. Relax your belly.
6. Relax your neck and head.
7. Hold the pose for 30 seconds for a head down, posterior baby, or a minute for a breech or transverse baby, if you can. Start with shorter times in the pose and work up to 30 seconds.
8. Crawl forward, bringing one knee down to the floor and then the other.
9. Come to your hands and knees.
10. Sit up, on your heels and catch your breath.
Crawl around the room helping the weight of the womb settle forward
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(above directions from Spinning Babies)

At the same time, I found this statement via Birth Naturally

Less than 20% of the babies who are transverse at 37 weeks will remain transverse when labor begins, so another option is to wait for labor to start and attempt to turn the baby or perform a cesarean if it is still necessary.

Speaking from within the context of the statement directly above, your doula and midwife can work with you to suggest various positions during your labor to encourage the turn of your baby. Using gravity and motion can potentially save you from unnecessary internal interventions.

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6 Responses to “5 Ways to Encourage A Baby in Transverse Position to Turn”

  1. Markie Kucia Says:

    I am almost 38 weeks and have found out that my baby was breech a week & 1/2 ago.This is our fifth child and have had the other four all natural. I have tried everything under the sun to get the baby to turn. Webster technique- have gone 5 times already. Head stands in the swimming pool. Pulsatilla 3-5 pellets two times a day every 3 days since I found out. Breech tilts, hypnobabies & elephant walks. I was suppose to be induced next week & have gone for a counsult w/ a doctor that can turn the baby. I don’t know if I should just wait till the scheduled induction to have it done but the baby is only probably gain another pound. I have started these inversions for the last two days along with A LOT of prayers.Would the baby turn while doing the inversion or does it happen at night? Is it still too late for the baby to turn on its own? I can’t help but to cry everyday thinking of getting a c-section!! I am now seeing the chiropractor every other day up until I have the baby as well.

  2. Emma Hafey Says:

    Dear Green Doula,

    I am 35 weeks into my third pregnancy and my baby shifts almost daily from breech to transverse. On occasion I have even felt the baby almost head down, but usually he/she quickly moves back to the transverse position. My doctor has told me that I am quite tight in my left side ligaments. Also, I have a tilted and bicornuate uterus. My first pregnancy, I delivered my 4lb 13oz daughter naturally at 34 weeks even though there was talk of a c-section because she was constantly moving around. My second pregnancy went to term and I again delivered naturally my 9lb 5oz daughter. She took her time about turning too, but was head down by 38 weeks. I’m worried this baby is bigger than my second and has gotten stuck.

    Perhaps I am being overly anxious, but I am terrified of having a c-section and desperately want to deliver naturally again. I am worried that this baby just won’t turn. I have just begun doing the inversion exercises. I attend water aerobics twice a week and take walks as well. I am going to begin pelvic tilts too. Can you tell me if there is anything else I should be doing? Will my bicornuate uterus present an issue? The baby is lying with head on my right side and bottom on my left, mostly I feel back and not limbs.

    Thank you for any any advice/feedback you can give.

  3. The Green Doula Says:

    Hello Emma,

    As you are 35 weeks, you still have a good 2 weeks to continue the great encouraging exercises you are doing now to encourage your baby to turn. Also take a look at this post that I have as well on encouraging baby to turn: http://thegreendoula.com/blog1/2009/01/19/tips-for-turning-a-baby-from-breech-position-naturally/
    Another trick that is not listed on this post is to shine a flash light down over your uterus and have your partner or a loved one speak to your baby down low on your uterus. Do this on a daily basis as well to encourage your baby to move its head down and towards a calming nurturing sound and glowing light.

    I encourage you to continue this conversation with your medical provider or reach out to a local midwife in your area to gather accurate suggestion and overview to your bicornuate uterus. Birth Doulas are not medically trained to provide or make and diagnosis, but we can point you in the direction of the resources. I would recommend connecting with an acupuncturist to add on to your birth team.

    Continue to drink plenty of fluids, esp. coconut water and mostly importantly in addition to the exercises, the dialogue with your birth team, remember to give your self time each day (perhaps 2 to 3 times per day )to take a deep breath and connect with your baby. Ask your baby to turn head down, breathe through and out your fears and play gentle music to help you smooth out your anxiousness.

    Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful birth experience.

  4. The Green Doula Says:

    Hello Markie,

    I have found this article for you to read to show a timeline which was created by a midwive to show you that women can go up to 41 weeks. http://spinningbabies.com/baby-positions/breech-bottoms-up/timeline-for-breech. Do continue to do your inversions, drink plenty of fluids. Here is also another post I had put up as well. http://thegreendoula.com/blog1/2009/01/19/tips-for-turning-a-baby-from-breech-position-naturally/
    Another trick that is not listed on this post is to shine a flash light down over your uterus and have your partner or a loved one speak to your baby down low on your uterus. Do this on a daily basis as well to encourage your baby to move its head down and towards a calming nurturing sound and glowing light.

    I encourage you to continue this conversation with your medical provider. Birth Doulas are not medically trained to provide or make a diagnosis, but we can point you in the direction of the resources, provide emotional and physical support. I would recommend connecting with an acupuncturist to add on to your birth team asap.

    Continue to drink plenty of fluids, esp. coconut water and mostly importantly in addition to the exercises, the dialogue with your birth team, remember to give your self time each day (perhaps 2 to 3 times per day )to take a deep breath and connect with your baby. As your baby to turn head down, breathe through your fears and play gentle music to help you smooth out your anxiousness.

    Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful birth experience.

  5. Emma Hafey Says:

    Dear Green Doula,

    Thank you for all the great advice and suggestions you gave. I have been continuing to do the exercises and other strategies for turning my transverse baby. At 36 weeks, an ultrasound showed the baby was head down. Yay! Unfortunately, an ultrasound at 37 weeks showed the baby was breech again – interestingly enough, head and bum were on reverse sides this time. The doc said the baby won’t stay head down due to my bicornuate uterus and pushed c-section. I have already delivered two babies vaginally and believe this reasoning is nuts! On top of the exercises, music, flashlight and chiropractic work, I decided to seek out the homeopathic remedy: Pulsatilla. I hunted high and low and was eventually able to find it, but only in 12c form. I am not sure how much to take or how often and was hoping you could steer me in the right direction to find answers.

    I have complete faith in my body and my baby, but fear the doc doesn’t and will force me to have a c-section. I am now 38 weeks pregnant and getting very anxious.

    Thank you for any info you can give.
    From an anxious Momma.

  6. The Green Doula Says:

    Hello Emma,

    Have you looked into the acupuncture technique using moxibustion to turn the baby? In regards to the use of Pulsatilla, the normal dosage is usually 30C, one dose every two hours for up to six doses. I recommend that you contact/call a local registered homeopath to see what is the best way to convert the dosage whether if its taking (2) of your 12C every two hours or 3 every 3 hours, etc. A registered homeopath would have the best recommendation. Here is an write up from midwifery today: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/turnbaby.asp

    Continue to do the great work to support and encourage your baby and body. Continue to stay grounded and breathe through the tensions and nerves.

    Best wishes ☺

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