Almost a year ago, a new client came to me for hypnosis. She was hoping for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) and a home birth, but her baby hadn’t turned yet and she wouldn’t be able to birth at home with a breech baby. Her midwife and a few other people referred her to me to help her turn her baby. Within a week, her baby was head-down and she continued on with her home birth.
This might sound miraculous to the many moms who have tried other techniques to turn a breech baby. Actually, turning breech babies with hypnosis is easy. I’ve been helping moms from my HypnoBirthing® childbirth classes do it for years. About half of the time, babies are head-down the next morning. My success rate is about 95%. I strongly believe that most of the time, babies haven’t turned yet because the mom is experiencing some kind of tension, fear, or upset that the baby is picking up on and deciding to stay where it is. The HypnoBirthing® classes that I teach dramatically reduce the possibility of having a breech baby, mostly because the moms in my classes are identifying and releasing any fears they might have that could get in the way of their ideal births.
In 1992, Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona performed a study on 200 women who had been diagnosed with breech babies at week 36+ of their pregnancies. 100 of the women received standard western medical care, with external cephalic version (manually turning the baby from the outside) performed on moms who were good candidates for it. The other 100 moms received hypnotherapy sessions, including guided visualizations to encourage the babies to turn. The results of the study were phenomenal. 81 of the 100 moms in the hypnotherapy group had their babies spontaneously turn into the head-down position. Only 26 of the 100 moms in the non-hypnotherapy group had their babies spontaneously turn, and another 20 of them had successful external cephalic versions. The average time spent in hypnotherapy was 4 hours, and half of the moms in the hypnotherapy group had their babies turn after just one session. Wouldn’t you like to be in the group of 81 moms?
In my hypnotherapy sessions, I focus on a few things. I do fear release work with the mom to clear out any emotional baggage that might be getting in the way of her baby turning. I love to use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to clear out negative emotions. The results of the EFT are rapid and powerful. Within minutes, I’ll see a change in the mom’s demeanor as she releases her fears. Then, when the mom is in hypnosis, I talk to the baby and encourage him or her to move into the head-down position as soon as possible. I reassure the baby that mom is ready for birth and it’s time for the baby to prepare for the birth as well. I also talk to the mom’s subconscious mind and request that her mind relax all of her abdominal and uterine muscles so that the baby has plenty of room to turn. The results speak for themselves.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a breech baby at week 36 of your pregnancy, there’s no reason to panic or to schedule an elective c-section. Find a hypnotherapist who will work with you to turn the baby and to release your birthing fears. You’ll go into your birth feeling empowered, relaxed, and, chances are, your baby will be head-down as well.
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