It is always daunting to hear that your baby is in breech presentation in the last couple of months of pregnancy, especially if you are hoping for a natural birth. Research has shown that Acupuncture (more specifically moxibustion) is a safe and effective way to turn a malpositioned foetus. An Italian study of 260 women experiencing their first pregnancy found that 75% of those treated with acupuncture had their babies turn, in comparison to 47% in those with no treatment. In a similar Chinese study, 81% of the babies turned with acupuncture, compared to 49% in the control group with no treatment.
Most babies eventually settle into a ‘head down’ position but a small percentage remain in the breech position until labour. Your Dr. may suggest an external cephalic version (ECV) if you are categorised as having a low risk pregnancy and a scan of your uterus shows that the placenta is in a suitable position for it to be attempted safely.
Acupuncture & Moxibustion for Breech Presentation Babies
A good alternative to try before resorting to ECV would be acupuncture in combination with the use of a herb called moxa. The treatment involves warming up an acupuncture point on the outside of both small toes using a Moxa stick for 15 minutes on each side. This is quite relaxing and clients usually fall asleep.