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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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.

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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 – http://www.pipermartin.com and access my on-line e-book – The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy.