Anyone have back labor and a deliver a posterior baby?

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Anyone have back labor and a deliver a posterior baby?

Well on Friday I am going to be induced! Smile We are very excited and can't wait to welcome baby #5!

Short version! Last tuesday I had my ob appt and had a membrane sweep I was 3cm. It put me into early labor ended up in the hospital for 12 hours with no progress even though you could see the contractions etc. I had very bad back pain and still do, I can feel most of the contractions in my back and come to the front but not as strong. OB says the baby is sunnyside up and she feels I can deliver this way but wants to take it slow so avoid a c-section.

Tomorrow I go in for another sweep and get my induction instructions.

I am still having contractions at home and all in my back it's awful I am so scared to go tomorrow and I'm still a 3. So has anyone delivered sunnyside up? Was it hard? What should I watch out for?

Thank you ladies so much!

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Why are you being induced?

The contractions you're feeling are most likely trying to get baby into a better position. You need to check out spinningbabies.org and see a chicopractor for the Websters Technique if you can. Try hands and knees, swimming, even keeping the lower half of you on the couch with your hands supporting your upper body on the floor.

There's no way I would consent to an induction with a posterior baby without trying to get baby in a better position.

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And avoid recliners or anything that doesn't keep your back straight.

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one of my kids was sunny side up... wont they will often times spin as they go down the canal too?...that is what Ava did...but in the process she did get VERY beat up. Her face was extremely bruised...they think she was hitting my bones as she came down and tried to turn...and the doctor just helped her spin the right way...before she came out. Her face was so bruised that they had to put a sign in her bassinet that said "im breathing fine...I just have a bruised face" because when she was waiting in line for her physical and nurses walked by her they would see her color and think she was not breathing. After it happened a couple of times...they put a little sign in her bassinet. They did have to watch her more closely for jaundice I guess...they said the bruising made her more susceptible to that. Good luck! I did NOT feel that her labor was different from the others....oddly.

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DS #1 was posterior with awful back labor. His delivery was my hardest by far. With DS #2 I started having back labor so the MW had me get on my hands and knees and arch my back and then drop it. I felt him turn after less than 10 minutes of doing that. Might be worth a try for you. I also agree with Kristina....I would NOT want to be induced with a posterior baby. Also, check out spinning babies like she mentioned. It has a lot of great information. Good luck!

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My third was posterior during labor and turned during delivery. He was soo bruised (like mamato6 was saying). But, it all cleared up and he was fine. I definitely had back labor, but standing up and leaning forward helped a lot and ultimately helped him turn, I believe.

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I had back labor with all my kids but just before it's time to push or while pushing they turn face down again. All my labor pain was always in my back.

I hope baby turns for you. I know there are positions you can labor in to get baby to turn. I don't know what they are though.

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DS was posterior and I had terrible back labor. check out spinning babies like PP mentioned. I found laboring in the tub, leaning against the wall with counter pressure on my back and NEVER laying on my back helped in labor. I ended up with an episiotomy because of DS's position and he was decleling too much, after pushing for 2 hours.

at 39 weeks and a posterior baby I don't think I'd agree to an induction unless there were other factors involved.

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I would definitely NOT get induced with a sunny side up baby. I would do anything in your power to get the baby turned around. For one thing, it would be very, very painful. For another, labor will be drawn out, and you have a much higher risk of interventions if you induce (decels, like Mel mentioned, are much more common with induced labor and the inevitable epidural that goes along with it).

Also, if you are unable to get the baby to turn, try laboring in the tub. The hot tub at the birth center was a godsend for me. I was pretty ticked that they wouldn't let me give birth in it, so if I had it to do over again, I'd opt for a home birth. With me, he turned as he was coming out, producing a significant curved tear that took the midwife about an hour to sew up.

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Sorry, when I say labor will be drawn out, I mean the pushing part. My #2 was anterior and came out in 2 pushes. My #3 was posterior and took 2 HOURS of pushing. It was hard, but he finally did come out.

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Thank you ladies so much for your input!

When I went for my ob appt I was 4cm 100% effaced. Baby is still facing up but my ob feels she will move and my labor will go on as normal and if not I might push longer. She said they will not force a c-section on me unless something is wrong with baby or that I try and push for so long I get tired and can't do it anymore.

I am still going ahead with the induction Friday morning, all she will be doing is breaking my water. Once my water breaks my body will do what it is supposed to do!

I will keep everyone updated on how she came out!

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My last was sunny side up when my labor started. I had 4 days of back labor and he was so high! He just couldn't drop because his head just hit my tailbone. And because he wasn't against my cervix, I was not dilating. So I endured 4 days of labor--strong, painful contractions every 5 minutes for most of that time, with a few hour or so breaks here and there. Finally a nurse said--go home and labor leaning over on a birth ball or on hands and knees in a bath. Within 2 or 3 hours he turned and then labor came on even more intense. We left for the hospital immediately and by the time I got there, I had gone from 1 when they checked me last to 7 cm. He just had to turn so he could drop. When they checked me, they accidentally broke my water because he was so low so fast. But I had been told if i was induced when he was so high and posterior, I would likely end up with a c/s, so going home and trying to get him to turn was the best thing I did, I think. Though you are farther dilated and effaced than I was. So it could probably work out just fine if she'll turn for you in labor.

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Good luck. I'm curious why they want to induce on Friday. Is there a problem with the baby? I ask because full term goes from anywhere between 3 weeks before the due date till 2 weeks after, and you haven't even hit your due date yet. Just remember that once they break your water, the clock starts ticking, and if the baby isn't born naturally within 24 hours, that's it.

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Congratulations on your little girl! I just saw on your birth board Smile