BREECH PRESENTATION

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What is Breech Presentation?
A few weeks before birth, the baby will begin to move into delivery position with the head moving near the birth canal.  A Breech position is when the buttocks or feet is in this position

Types of Breech Presentation

  • Frank breech: (50%-70%) The fetus’ buttocks are aimed toward the birth canal and the hips are flexed and knees extended. The feet are near the head.
  • Complete breech: (5%-10%) The buttocks are down, with the hips flexed and knees flexed (cannonball position).
  • Footling breech: (10%-30%) One or both of the fetus’ hips extended, foot presenting

Techniques
External Version:
External version is a non-surgical method in which a doctor or midwife can help move the baby within the uterus. A medication to help relax the uterus might be given as well as an ultrasound exam, to better check the position of the baby, the location of the placenta, and the amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus. Gentle pushing on the lower abdomen can turn the baby into the head-down position. The fetal heart is monitored after the turn attempt.  Success rate is between 40%-70% depending upon various factors.

Moxibustion and Acupuncture:
This is by far the most common natural technique in Breech Presentation.  Moxibustion is the burning of an herb called mugwort (Ai Ye)  The herb is rolled in a cigar shape and burned at the end.  It is placed near an acupuncture point on the small toe.  This technique has proved to be the most effective for breech presentation

Jeff Jacob has worked with hundreds of woman with breech presentation babies.  He uses a combined technique of moxibustion and trigger point therapy to gently allow the baby to move in the correct position.  Suceess depends on a variety of factors including, lateness in term, size of baby, stress and health factors.

Research:
Moxibustion for Breech  Correction

Breech Presentation

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