Can you recommend any exercises or positions to attempt to get a baby's head in the down position? My wife is 35 weeks and the head is up right now.
It may help you to know that only 5% of babies remain breech until the end, so you have time for baby to turn on it's own. You may want to be more proactive, there are many ways to do this, and 35 weeks is a very good time to start!
The Webster Technique is excellent. That is a chiropractic technique (they don't crack you!) that needs to be done at least 3 times in a week, but has a high success rate, and you need to make sure that if you choose this method, you find a chiropractor who has special training in it. Below is a link that explains a bit more about it, and another with many ideas for turning a breech.
• Webster Technique
• Turning a Breech
Babies are funny, though. They may turn around right away, then turn back, turn and stay or flip back and forth several times. There are even babies who turn all the way around right in labor. I wouldn't worry right now if I was you though, there is still time for your little one to turn.
Talking to your baby and using hypnosis has been very effective as well for getting breech baby to turn, since the baby is a part of the mothers' body; the inner mind knows this, and since the mind controls *everything* that happens in the body, the baby turns!
And believe it or not, there are women who swear that they have gotten into a slant-board position, played soft music down at their lower abdomens with headphones and placed a large bag of frozen peas on their upper abdomen and the baby jumped into anterior (head-down) position!
-- Kerry, HCHI, CHt
Kerry Tuschhoff, HCHI, CHt is a wife and mother of 6 (2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 rabbits) and has been in the birthing field for 14 years. She taught the Bradley method of natural childbirth from 1989 to 1999, at present teaches Hypnobabies Hypnosis for Childbirth classes, Pregnancy Nutrition and Breastfeeding classes, and gives seminars in her community on natural pregnancy and childbirth options, and is a conference speaker. She has attended over 250 births as a Doula and Hypno-Doula, and feels it is an honor to be asked to share such a wonderfully spiritual experience with her students.
She is also a certified hypnotherapist, trains Hypnobabies Instructors, author of Hypnobabies: Eyes Open Childbirth Hypnosis. and is Operations Director of Hypnobabies Network in Southern California. Kerry feels that the time in our lives when we are the most vulnerable and in need of support is when we are soon going to give our babies life. The support, nurturing and help that doulas can provide is invaluable to a birthing couple as they take that journey. She looks forward to helping you all have the best possible birth experience you can. Please take a moment to visit Kerry's Website.