A breech baby is one that has, by about eight months in the uterus, positioned itself to come out buttocks or feet first. This is called the breech position. Ideally, the baby will settle itself in the ‘vertex’ or ‘cephalic’ position, where it is ready to come out head first. Most breech babies will reposition themselves before they’re due to come out. However, those that remain in the breech position can experience complications such as an increased risk of getting stuck on the way out of the birth canal or loss of oxygen supply through the umbilical cord. If your baby is in the breech position prior to your due date, enquire with Golden Health Acupuncture about acupuncture for turning a breech baby in pregnancy.
Through a Chinese medicinal technique called moxibustion, which incorporates acupuncture, there is a greater likelihood of your baby resettling itself into the vertex position. An Italian study from 1998 found that if you undergo acupuncture to turn your breech baby between 33 and 36 weeks gestation, the chances of your child safely repositioning itself increases by 75%. Moxibustion is a heat therapy treatment where a dried plant called Moxa, or Mugwort, is burned on or near the skin in order to stimulate the flow of Qi energy throughout the body. Typically this is done at the known acupuncture points for a breech baby, particularly the acupuncture point at the end of the little toe (i.e. the end point of your bladder meridian).
There are numerous benefits to using moxibustion to turn your breech baby. Not only is it a natural treatment, but it also offers calming properties. Combine the treatment with acupuncture for breech babies with the assistance of Golden Health practitioner Farzaneh Ghaffari and the likelihood of your child safely repositioning itself may increase. Based in North West Melbourne, book today at our Melbourne acupuncture clinic to learn more.