What is Webster Technique?
Webster's technique is a chiropractic protocol used to create optimal room in the uterus for a breech, posterior or transverse baby to turn. The uterus is anchored to the pelvis by way of ligaments: the uterosacral ligament, the round ligaments, and the broad ligament. Using Webster's, we align the sacrum and loosen any torsion found in the attaching ligaments, allowing for optimal expansion of the uterus. As a result, babies have more room to move, turn and position themselves.
The adjusting techniques are gentle and comfortable. I make sure women/couples have a clear understanding of my findings, and feel safe with the treatment.
I also coach women and couples re: things which can be done at home to complement our in office treatments.
I strongly recommend having acupuncture treatment as well, and network with several acupuncturists who are well versed in breech protocols.
Are there reasons why some babies don't turn?
In certain situations, there are more challenges for moms or babies in creating turns. An umbilical cord that is shortened will hinder turning, a baby's head being stuck against the pelvis can prevent repositioning as well.
Emotional issues regarding the birth, past history, becoming a parent, or relationship issues for Mom can hinder the baby turning. Another challenge in our fast paced lifestyle is when Mom doesn't feel the breathing room to slow down. If she has been inordinately stressed, or has not had the quiet time to connect with her baby fully and center herself, this can hinder the process. Often, if these issues are simply acknowledged and addressed, the positioning, indeed the birthing picture changes dramatically.
What else can I do to help my baby turn?
There are many complimentary ways to optimize your baby's birthing position. One of the most important things you can do is quiet the process. Create some uninterrupted time for you and your baby. Make it special. Take walks at the ocean, luxuriate in a nice warm bath, sleep, dream, have a massage.
Visualize how you would like your birth to be. Tell your baby the story of her birth. Sing songs to him. Work together. It ultimately comes down to the two of you. Spend as much quiet time together daily as you can.
Orchestrate your birth plan so you feel all the support you need. If you have any anxiety about your support team, communicate and/or change it. Enter your birthing process feeling comfortable, loved and supported.
Acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation and visualization are all wonderful resources in turning a breech. www.hypnobabies.com has several MP3 downloads, one for breech turns, one for fear of needles, etc.
Physically, there are many things that can help facilitate your baby turning.
Lying on a slant board, or equivalent, on your back with your feel elevated above your head is a classic method. Make sure you can be comfortable in this position for 10-20 minutes. This method can be repeated daily.
Another helpful position is on hands and knees, with elbows on the ground for a relaxed period of time. Be careful that your back feels comfortable, if not, stop and try other positions.
Swimming pools are great. Make sure it is warm enough to be relaxing for you. Light activity in the pool is best. Your goal is to take gravity out of the equation. If you have someone to help you, you can go upside down, even doing a handstand if you feel safe.
Putting warmth at the pubic area can encourage your baby to move toward the warmth. Music, light, or singing near the vaginal area has been used in the same way.
At the end of the pregnancy, there are classic acupuncture points that are very effective for helping babies turn. They should be used ONLY under the supervision and care of a licensed practitioner.
Keep visualizing your birth the way you want it to be. Babies will turn when the conditions are optimal. This can happen up until the birth itself. There is a strong inherent wisdom in the journey. Have faith in yourself, your baby and in the birthing process. I sincerely hope you have an amazing birth adventure together!
Dr Marilyn Moss, DC