An unborn baby will usually turn to present himself in whatever position it is going to be born around week 34 to 36 of a pregnancy. Before that, it is mainly in an “across” position.
Some recognized medical reasons contributing to breech presentation at the time of labor include the following:
• Preterm labor and birth if labor starts when the baby is still too small to move easily in the uterus.
• A placenta in the fundus: The placenta takes up some of the space in the top of the uterus.
• An unusual shape of the mother’s uterus or fibroids in the lower part of the uterus.
• More than one fetus (such as twins).
• A very relaxed uterus from many previous children.
• Too much or too little amniotic fluid.
Yet more subtle or emotional factors can be at play.
“A mother gets into the same brain wave her baby is in continuously while relaxed, and so there is a way to establish true connection and communication. Babies are completely conscious and capable of responding to their mother’s deepest thoughts.”
With the father, she adds, “It works differently. They can only connect to their voice, since they don’t share the same physical space.”
Midwives are traditionally trained by...