What can a mum do to determine her baby’s position?
What can she do to improve her baby’s position – even in labour?
How much does it matter?
Answer to question 1: more than you might think.
Answer to question 2: same!
Answer to question 3; Probably not that much UNLESS you don’t like 3 day labours and you don’t want your baby grumpy and in pain and needing cranial osteopathy. If these are not big issues for you, move on.
Too many labours, I think it’s fair to say, get labelled “FAILURE TO PROGRESS” without any analysis of why this might be happening or of what natural interventions might be used to get the labour moving forwards again.
The “failure to progress” situation I know most about is that where the mum is over-stimulated mentally, or alarmed, or challenged, or frightened…or simply in a room she doesn’t know with people she doesn’t know.
I’ve looked a bit into another cause – the malpositioned baby – and my clients always receive information from me about essential optimal foetal positioning.
Last week I went to a remarkable study day run by Gail Tully, the midwife behind Spinning Babies. The study day was for doulas but I feel that with care and attention, birth partners – by whom I mean first time dads – could learn to apply some of the techniques we learned.
I don’t see why my clients’ partners should not learn how to use a rebozo to sift and lift the mother’s belly…and I want my clients to learn to identify their baby’s postion for themselves.
It was an amazing workshop and from now on all my clients will be getting the full Spinning Babies wisdom!
I am working on how to incorporate some of the basic techniques into my classes so that all my mums and dads to be have access to the knowledge they need.
So many births I hear of are long and difficult mainly because the baby wasn’t in the right position. I want my clients to know about this before it becomes an emergency and I would love them to take evasive action routinely before going into labour – and also to have two or three good techniques which will help mum’s comfort and possibly also move baby round into a good position if labour seems to be failing to progress.