Back Labour – Remedies to Shift a Posterior Baby

Pain in the back  during labour means that the baby is usually in a posterior position.  The baby’s back is facing your spine instead of facing out to the world.  While babies can be born “sunny side up” it does usually mean a longer, more painful birth experience.  When I am doing a homeopathic induction I do ask about the position of the baby because sometimes just encouraging a more anterior position will initiate labour.  If you are overdue and your baby is posterior then consider one of the remedies listed  below to get the ball rolling.


If the posterior presentation is not an issue until the labour is happening you can take a remedy to ask the baby to turn.  Babies do naturally tend to turn as they descend but it is faster and less painful if they can do this before the end of the birth.  Take just two pellets and within a few contractions the contractions will feel differently and the baby will move.

Here are some remedies to consider if you are experiencing back labour:

  • Kali Carb 200C – this is the primary remedy for back labour.  The woman wants counter pressure on the small of her back.  She can be very chilly and is quite irritable.
  • Gelsemium 200C – baby appears to ascend rather than descend with each contraction, heavy and listless during pushing, pains from uterus up the back with chills up the back
  • Coffea 200C – hypersensitivity to pain, despair from the pain, only pain experienced is in the small of her back

For more detailed information on using homeopathic remedies for back labour please visit my website – and access my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.


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