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    Hi,



    A m/w just told me i need to encourage baby to move as its posterior at the moment.

    Can anyone who had a posterior birth tell me their experiences and the risk of having a c/s with a posterior baby?

    Thanks

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    Hi Kristi,my second baby was posterior and other than having a back labour - lots of pain in my lower back I honestly didn't find it any different to my other births. I think if you spend as much time not on your back during labour and try to get into postions like on all fours you might get some relief.

    You still have pletny of time for bub to turn around though. Try not to slouch too mush when sitting down. Sit so that your knee's are higher than your hips. Have a look on the spinning babies website for some idea's/ You can also have some acupuncture done to try and encourage bub into a more favourable position. I really don't think though that just because bub is posterior you would need a c section. Bub stil comes out the same way, just facing more upwards. Also with my son as he was being born they rotated him around gently. Nothing that I felt or noticed at the time. He was born in a birthing centre so I had no drugs either.

    I have heard that posterior babies make for a longer labour but I didn't find this to be the case for me. My labour was only just over and hour so if it were a longer one I hate to think how quick it would have been then

    Good luck hun. I'm sure you will do a great job

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    Jenna was stuck in a posterior position, and nothing got her to move during labour. I had a horrible back labour, which meant I was confined to one space - I just couldnt' move, and then I opted for the epi, so what that meant was I was then confined to a bed and gravity couldn't help her move down.

    Best thing to do is prevent it now. I believe all fours, or on the ground with your arms over a fit ball? Maybe get a fitball out and sit on it instead of the chairs? And I thought it was knees lower than hips....... Am I wrong?

    Jenna ended up being a forceps rotation birth. So they tried to rotate her by hand, that didn't work, so they took me into theatre, rotated her using the forceps, then pulled her out with a different set. I was prepped for a c/s just in case, but I told them I didn't want one, and to do what they had to to get her out through my fanny!
    Spinning babies has lots of suggestions too.

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    Hi,

    Thanks heaps for telling me your experiences. I am clueless on posterior babies cos ive never had one before.

    The m/w didnt tell me much, just said to encourage baby to move and i said why? does it make for a more difficult labour and she said yes. She asked me if i had had all my other babies vaginally and i said yes and she said "right, you need to get this baby to move" and that was it. So i wasnt sure if that meant risk of c/s or what?

    Judging from the two very different experience you both had, i do need to get baby to move if i can.

    Unfortunately i wont be able to move during labour as i am being induced and also a high risk pregnancy so i will be strapped to the ctg monitor the whole time.

    I will check out the website you both mentioned, where can i find the link to that?

    Thanks again

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    Kristi, we can't put a link on here as such, but if you google spinning babies I'm sure you will come up with it
    Last edited by {sarah}; October 15th, 2006 at 04:22 PM. Reason: Cheeky.

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    If you sit/lean on a chair the wrong way around (facing the back of it), with a pillow between the chair back and your belly, that will help bubs turn...good luck

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    Have a look at the thread at the top of this forum:
    http://bellybelly.com.au/forums/showthread.php?t=6838

    Its all about posterior & breech babies & different websites to help you find positions. I often sit on chair the wrong way around & I am positive that has helped this time around.

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    Hmm Kristi, seems my hint was too close, even though I'm sure i've seen it written linke that elsewhere. If you want the site and can't find it email me for it

    Agg so it is alright to have the link to that site. If you use the link Christy has left the link to the spinning babies site is there

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    Trish I knew it was on the site somewhere, I'm off to let Sarah know

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    Thanks Christy

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    Thanks heaps ladies

    I really appreciate it

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    Oopsies!!! Sorry Trish.

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    That's ok Sarah. Sorry for being cheeky well maybe alittle, anyway.

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    Kristi, Nina was posterior during labour and I too had to be strapped to a CTG as I was induced with the drip. The best way for me was to stand over the bed (that way they could still strap the CTG to me) and with each contraction I would bend my legs up and down. (if that makes sense?) The back pain was awful, nothing like I'd ever imagined!!! I did end up with an epidural, however that was 7 hours of no pain relief and I just gave in too easy. In the end, during delivery, she turned.
    I tried for weeks to move her, but she just wouldn't budge ... too stubborn!
    Good luck with it all

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    My second was posterior & compared to my first the labour was just as bad. My first was induced.
    This time round I was also told at 33 weeks that she was posterior & I just stopped slouching back on the couch & that seems to have done the trick because the last 2 visits I had she was in a good birthing position.
    My second got a little stuck on the way out but I got him out on my own none the less. Just took a bit longer.

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    I think the risk of C/S is because when they are coming out posterior, they can't tuck their heads in so that the smallest part is coming out first. So they can get a bit stuck. Maybe Kelly can come in here & explain it better.
    Glenn did get stuck on his way out, but we managed to get him out with out any need for help (forceps etc). We didn't know that he was posterior till he was crowning. But When I described my labour to midwife friend she picked it striaght off with out being told that he was. Wish I had her for my labour, maybe we could have had it all done a bit quicker if the midwife knew what she was dealing with.

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    My son was posterior through the entire birth and never turned. Unfortunately no-one seemed to be aware of this (despite me having very bad back pain during contractions and no strong urge to push) until I had pushed for over 2 hours and gotten no where! Anyway, he was born vaginally with the help of an episiotomy and ventouse, however they did warn me that it may not work and I might need an emerg c-section. In my situation he basically got 'stuck' because his head did not mould at all due to being the wrong way and a lack of pressure on the right spots to make it do this. I must admit I was pretty peeved about the whole situation, and would have expected someone to pick up that he was posterior. I would have liked the opportunity to try different positions to get him to move as it did result in a very long, painful labour with a lot of damage to my perenium due to ineffective pushing. Anyway, didn't write this to scare you lol! Hope it didn't, but just wanted to say I'd do everything to get bubs to move because I do believe it will make for an easier labour. HTH

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    Marcia,
    I know what your saying! I was lucky that I didn't get any damage while pushing Glenn out. But when you said about the head not moulding. I tmade me remember how perfectly shaped Glenn's head was at birth. Even the midwife commented on how I managed to push out such a head with not even a graze.

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