Update and change of plans

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Update and change of plans

On Tuesday I felt the baby turn from head down to head up. I didn't say anything to anyone because I was hoping I was wrong, I didn't even tell my DH.

I saw my midwife (Hannah) today and we determined the baby was high and head up. I am only a fingertip dilated and not very effaced.

We got me in for an emergency ultrasound and determined two things:
1. the baby is breech. His legs are folded up underneath him, like Indian Style sitting.
2. the baby is very healthy. They did an NST, and he is an 8 out of 8.

Complicating issue: I ovulated very late the cycle I got pregnant, at least a week. So Hannah and I have based my due date on when I ovulated, putting me due at June 7. However, based on my LMP, my due date would be May 30. It's totally wrong, but most OBGYNs aren't going to see it that way. I am 100% sure of my due date, but finding someone who will trust my charts is another thing. Because of this, and because of the political nature of the homebirth issue, we (my midwife and our family) need to be careful to be seemingly diligent about seeking help at this stage, and not just putting things off and waiting. Especially as there is a very public case going on in this area right now involving a homebirth breech delivery that resulted in the baby's death. There is also a legitimate medical concern. Since he is high and breech, if my water were to break spontaneously (which happened with my DD) we could have a cord prolapse which is a very serious medical emergency.

So here's what's going on now: If the baby had been breech before this, there is a good Dr. in this area who does external versions to try to turn the baby who would have been willing to work with us most likely. Not the case with the timing we have now. My only options in this area right now are to go into the ER and have an emergency c/s. However, there is an OB in the next state (about 2.5 hours away) who is willing to work with us. We are going in to see him at 9:15 tomorrow am, but since he is fitting us in between other appts, we may be there for awhile before we see him. So DH and I are quickly getting ready to leave and go stay in a hotel down there tonight.

These are the possibilities:

1. The baby turns on his own before my appt tomorrow and we come home and proceed as previously planned.

2. The OB attempts an external version, and it is successful. The baby handles it well, and we are released to come home and proceed as previously planned.

3. The external version doesn't work, or the baby doesn't handle it well and I need an emergency c/s tomorrow in NC.

4. The external version doesn't work, but the baby is in a good breech position to attempt a vaginal delivery. This OB does vaginal breech deliveries! So he'd probably induce and we'd have a trial of labor.

4. The external version doesn't work, and a vaginal breech delivery is not a good idea based on the baby's position or other factors, so the OB releases us to come home, at which point we'd go to the ER here for a c/s.

5. The external version doesn't work, and a vaginal breech delivery is not a good idea based on the baby's position or other factors, so we stay in the next state and have a c/s there.

This is all very sudden and unexpected and we're in a rush to get things accomplished and packed and get out on the road. DD is going to stay with DH's parents.

Misty, I am taking your info with me so we can update everyone.

I am not sure where I am about this emotionally right now, I can only think about the next thing, which for the moment is packing and getting a shower. I'd appreciate prayers! I will make sure we update you all as soon as we are able.

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oh gosh, that is a lot to take on board and it's all happening so quickly! I really hope baby turns or the ECV works for you so you can go back to having the birth you were wanting.

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Praying!

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I am praying for you Katie!!

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Oh Katie, that's a lot for you to take in. I'm sorry things have gotten tricky for you. Bleesingss to you as you figure out what you're going to do.

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I am praying for you Katie! Jacob was breech at 33 weeks and never turned back. My OB was against turning him - but in my case I glad she was. I hope it all works out. I can't wait to hear an update :bigarmhug:

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Oh Katie I know this isn't the way wanted this. I will say prayers for you for a healthy and safe delivery for you no matter what way it happens. I will also say an extra prayer that it works out the way have planned. KUP I will be thinking about you tomorrow. Safe travels.

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Katie - you have my prayers too!! I hope things work out the way you want them to!

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Prayers for you that he turns himself or you find success! Can't wait to hear from you Smile

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Both of my kids were late breechers. My daughter turned into breech at 38 wks something and back normal at 39 wks.
My son flipped several times a day until he was born. Gail Tulley at spinningbabies.com can offer some really good advice if you email her.

Don't get too stressed about it, things will work out Smile

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Praying you get the delivery and birth experience you want Smile

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Katie...Im having an emergency extraction today for my tooth because a filling fell out! Sad I hope I dont miss anything from you!! If you cant get me anywhere else e-mail me and Ill update everyone ASAP! Still praying for you girl!!

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Hope it all goes well and you get the birth you want, but most of all, hope that you are both safe and healthy when all is said and done. Thinking of you. Waiting for the update...

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Update: Well, I haven't read this thread yet, but I wanted to let you know, we just got home!!!!! The OB successfully turned Sammy!!! It was really cool. Now the prayer is he will stay head down, and that I can go into labor quickly, because my midwife is starting to get antsy about the date. Sammy is also posterior at the moment, but I am not too worried about that, I know there is a lot I can do to encourage him to spin. I just really need his little head to get engaged, so please pray about that. I will post more about what happened later, but God really answered prayer!

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HOW WONDERFUL! I pray he turns around and engages so your labor will start soon!!!

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Update: Well, I haven't read this thread yet, but I wanted to let you know, we just got home!!!!! The OB successfully turned Sammy!!! It was really cool. Now the prayer is he will stay head down, and that I can go into labor quickly, because my midwife is starting to get antsy about the date. Sammy is also posterior at the moment, but I am not too worried about that, I know there is a lot I can do to encourage him to spin. I just really need his little head to get engaged, so please pray about that. I will post more about what happened later, but God really answered prayer!

That is awesome news!! I'm glad all is working out for you. Smile

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That is wonderful news! I am so glad they were able to turn him. Lots of prayers that he engages now and that you have a quick and safe labor and delivery!