Breech Babes

Pulsatilla is a remedy that makes a suggestion to a baby to turn head down.   That is actually how the remedy works.  It gently suggests that anatomically it is easier to make an entrance in a head down, anterior position, this is just how most babies fit best through the pelvis.  Variations of this position usually create a period of waiting in labour as the baby makes its way to an optimal fit.

The reason homeopathy is so incredibly safe to take in pregnancy and labour , is that the only way it works is WITH the body. Working with the knowledge each person possesses, it reminds mothers and babes of the simple design of the body.

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This footling breech babe – born au natural!

IF  there is a reason for a breech position – like the placenta has grown in a way that is blocking a position change or the cord has become looped in a way that will be restricted with a turn, then the baby just will not move.  NO remedy will override the wisdom of the body and this includes the mother’s body and the baby’s body.  I also would assume that there are some babies that just know that they are meant to be born breech.  Every body is unique.

The remedy will make the suggestion and if it is accepted, the baby will turn within 24 hours.  Interestingly mothers rarely seem to feel the turn, even if this is happening late in the pregnancy.
This provides me with additional evidence that the simplicity of the body just feels normal – nothing invasive is happening, no real effort is made – it is simply a suggestion that is being carried out by the baby.

The remedy for a breech position is Pulsatilla 200C.  Take two pellets, that is all you need.

Pulsatilla mothers often are in an emotional state in which they are having difficulty landing on a solid plan for their birth, they may be debating home or hospital, frequently have people attending the birth they do not particularly want present and are focused on how to make everyone around them happy.  They may even feel unsure about their ability to give birth and feel unprepared to make that commitment. The indecisiveness is reflected in the baby – the baby moves into many positions or lands in a breech position,  which in turn takes the decision making process away from the mother and into the hands of a surgeon.

Taking Pulsatilla will strengthen the mother’s ability to be steady in her choices and ultimately reassure the baby that she is by his side as they have a birth experience together.

Lastly, you do not have to worry that taking Pulsatilla and turning the baby will induce labour.  Again this is a situation in which homeopathy CANNOT override your body and you will only go into labour if the time is right for everyone.

If you have specific questions about Pulsatilla or using homeopathy in your pregnancy please visit my website – http://www.pipermartin.com.

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How to gather homeopathic information about babies….

To gather the information you need about a newborn or baby here are some places to land.  

Observe 

  • skin, brightness of eyes, movement, mood and how this baby communicates
  • comfort levels – where is the baby most comfortable – with whom and in what position
  • nursing – does the baby want to nurse and sleep the entire time even when it is age appropriate for them to be awake?
  • does the baby react to the mother talking about emotional subjects – specifically their birth

Information from the mother

  • how did she feel during her pregnancy – physically and emotionally
  • ask her to tell her birth story in detail
  • how does the mother feel while nursing?
  • does the baby have any fears and are they related to the birth?
  • what is the context this baby lives in – the feeling of the home?

If the mother is anxious – feeling stressed or unsupported this is where some of your energy needs to be directed.  Help her find perspective on the need for help and loving care for herself, in turn the baby will feel more at ease.  Both mothers and babies usually need the same remedy and are having a similar emotional experience with different expressions.  This co-creative experience they have, being pregnant, giving birth and then starting to build their life together can be very deeply effected by the use of homeopathy at this time.  Homeopathic medicine can assist in establishing healthy, hopeful neural connections between mothers and babies and doing that work together is a wonderful experience.  

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Consider a woman that has needed Pulsatilla throughout pregnancy – weepy, nauseous and in need of much reassurance during her pregnancy.  Unsure of her decisions – should she have a home birth, who should she have there, will she be alright, what about the baby…? Pulsatilla has been used to turn the baby from a breech position and the labour began with two days of “false labour”. Stopping and starting, becoming regular and then stringing out.  Once Pulsatilla was given the contractions became rhythmical and consistent.  Postpartum,  Pulsatilla women feel unsure, fearful that the baby is not receiving enough milk, that something may be wrong or that she is afraid to be left alone with the baby.  The baby responds by being fretful, crying when the mother is anxious and inconsistent in her responses to nursing, swaddling, sleep routines and nothing the mother tries seems to work.  This baby is responding to the irresolute vibe of her mother.  Pulsatilla will help the woman land in her body, in her role as  the mamma and with this little boost of confidence, the baby will feel safe and settle in.