I found out at 34 weeks that my baby was breech and a 36 week scan confirmed that. I tried yoga positions, moxibustion and osteopath to move her, and whilst these made me more comfortable she did not turn.
I was very reluctant to have an ECV because of the low quality rate of success and by that point I felt like she was just facing that way “for a reason” sort of thing. But I went to the appointment at 37 weeks and the midwives and doctors put my mind at ease so I went for it. In my experience it was not painful, just uncomfortable. They were happy to take a break when I asked for it and I practiced hypnobirthing breathing to make myself calm. It didn’t work so we went for a c-section.
I had not wanted this initially but after researching I didn’t feel I could calmly go through a natural birth and wasn’t sure the support they offered was enough (they didn’t have any breech specialists). So for me and my husband c-section felt like the best option.
I can honestly say it was one of the most special experiences of my life and I would not hesitate to do it again. My fears about c-section were completely misplaced – seeing my daughter being lifted over the drape within a few minutes of the op being started was so wonderful and still so special I fell in love with her straight away.
The recovery has not been that bad at all, only the first few days were tough and I am now 13 days in and can bend, change her on the floor, can go for walks and am no longer taking pain meds. Scar is healing really well. If you are having one, my advice would be to drink loads of water and eat fruit and veg on the days leading up to the op to aid digestion and not get constipated and get up and walking as soon as you can. Take it easy and get as much help as you can and if this is the path you end up taking I assure you, you won’t feel “guilty” or like you didn’t earn the birth.
It is still a wonderful way to meet your breech baby.