A few weeks prior to being launched into the world, most babies shift into the head-down position in the womb, ready to be delivered vaginally. But the nearly full-term baby Vanessa Fisher was carrying was in the breech position—meaning the baby was positioned with its butt or feet first
While Fisher’s doctor said a C-section could be arranged—many women whose babies are breech choose this option for a safe delivery—Fisher and her husband ultimately opted for external cephalic version. After undergoing the procedure in her 38th week, she shared a video of her experience on Facebook—and the resulting clip is bonkers.
“I was just trying to relax as much as possible,” Vanessa says. “I was optimistic — just looking forward to it working and trying not to even think negatively.”
“It’s a crazy sight,” says Nick, who shot the video. He remembers thinking: “I’m sure there’s family and friends that I wouldn’t be able to explain this to without a visual aid.”
So around 37 weeks into her pregnancy, Vanessa’s midwife referred her to an OB/GYN to discuss her options. She and Nick decided to try a procedure that could boost her chances of having a natural delivery: external cephalic version (ECV).
“We were kind of curious just to see if it would work if we tried it,” Vanessa says. “I knew that I would be in a better state of mind, being at peace that he (the baby) had turned.” In it, a doctor coaxes and kneads Fisher’s baby bump until her little one has maneuvered into the head-down position needed for a vaginal birth.
“It’s basically just hands-on, feeling the baby, feeling the movement of the baby,” says Bruce Feinberg MD, director of maternal-fetal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Allen Hospital. Early labour and changes in the baby’s heart rate are just a couple of risks of the procedure. But with good counseling from an experienced doctor, “I think it’s something that should be offered to every person that has a persistent breech at the 36-, 37-week mark and on,” Feinberg says.
When Vanessa Fisher first had an ECV at her doctor’s office, she felt tense. So her doctor stopped doing the procedure to give her time to reconsider. She soon decided to try again — this time in the hospital, where she received medication to relax her uterus. And as her video shows, the ECV was a success.
“Our baby stayed head-down from that point on,” she says. A few weeks later, Vanessa and Nick welcomed their son, Ashton, in the comfort of their home. “It was fantastic,” Nick says. “He was healthy and handsome.”
Source: Web MD