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October 27, 2011



I had an anterior placenta with Lizzy and she was frank breech up until my c-delivery at 39 weeks 1 day. I was crushed that I didn't get a natural, vaginal delivery, but I was very determined to get everything I could from the c-delivery. It wasn't my first choice, but I ended up dealing with it okay. I never knew anterior placenta could contribute to breech! Here's a few things to keep in mind in case you go the same route...I did finally accept that if she wouldn't turn (and the doc would not turn her since it was my first pregnancy and she was rather large), there must be a reason why. She also had congenital hip displaysia which I've read could have been related to the breech position. No biggie..it was caught at her first evaluation with a "hip click" which led to ultrasound and a Pavlik harness for 8 weeks. Totally normal now. As far as the anterior position and movement: it was very muted. I think it was also her personality, but early on, I got spooked as I'd go all day without feeling her move. Kick counts didn't really work for us that well. I just had to adjust to our movement pattern which was nothing like what I read online. She was jack-knifed, so I'd imagine it was hard to really kick. Her movements were more squirmy and rolling. I tell you all this in case it helps. When I realized we really were going to do the c-section, I watched tons of videos and requested that the doctor talk me through the whole process (not that I ended up liking hearing he was moving my bladder to the table to get it out of the way!). I insisted she come to me in recovery for nursing (less than 30 minutes after she was born). It all ended up working out well as soon as I got my head around the fact that she was born in 6 minutes! I've sometimes wondered if my PPD afterwards was related to the c-delivery and my body not going into natural labor, but I haven't found anything on that other than stressful, emergency c-sections can contribute (mine wasn't stressful...it was all planned). I am right with you on hating the stress of medical intervention, and being suspicious of doc's motivations, but I'm glad I ultimately accepted and trusted the doc's decision b/c I became determined to make the most of the c-section. I certainly hope you get your dream birth experience, but my only advice would be to find other ways to be involved in the delivery if it looks like it will be more medical.

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FWIW, I had an anterior placenta with my first baby (this one is, too), and everything worked out fine. She turned head down, she faced the "right" way, and no painful back labor at all. So, don't let that information get you spooked. I did, in fact, have the labor of my dreams--drug free, with my doula, but also a pushy doctor I didn't really like who wanted a million interventions--pitocin, episiotomy, etc. But that's a story for another day! But what I found was that when I hit bumps along the road, such as my water breaking and no contractions still hours later, my doula's suggestions were much better than my doctor's. She was much more in tune with nature, which is what I really wanted. Example: no contractions--doctor's suggestion: pitocin. Doula's suggestion: bounce on birthing ball; baby's head hitting cervix can release hormones that stimulate contractions. 15 minutes later, guess what? Full blown labor. That happened over and over again. I'm all for medicine (that's why I had a doctor and not a midwife), but sometimes simpler is better, and birth is one of those areas. I hope your doulas are able to give you some suggestions that work re: turning the baby. Also FWIW, I think I saw some suggestions in an Ina May Gartner book on that very topic. Good luck! I love reading your updates, and am so happy for you that things are going so well.

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