Also known as external cephalic version. Yesterday my fears were confirmed that baby was breech. I've known she was breech since after her 20 week ultra sound, but my midwife and her understudy's kept insisting she was head down. I have asked about her position at every appt. because mother knows best! Well, after months of being told she was head down, I let myself believe that hey, maybe she could be. Let's just say I was a little devastated to hear that she was breech, even though it should have been little surprise to me. AND, only 3-4% of baby's are breech, WHAT!!! Seriously! The first trimester bleeding wasn't enough? Now she has to be breech!
We were faced with the decision to have an ECV, where they manipulate the baby into a head down position, or to go ahead and schedule a c-section. We wanted to avoid surgery if we could, so after hours of thinking about it (you know how I am with decisions) we decided to give ECV a shot. We checked in at 5:30 this morning and to our surprise and delight, I was having contractions three minutes apart! They gave me drugs to stop the contractions so I could have the ECV. Darn! Well, the procedure was a success!! She is head down, please stay that way baby girl!! After the ECV I was still having contractions three minutes apart, but they were not getting stronger and I was not dilating, and then the contractions became farther apart and irregular. So, I am home, wondering when the big day will be. I guess she didn't want to be born on the same day as her cousin, who was delivered by c-section today. Congrats Lee and Jess, can't wait to hear the update!
I should also add that Wade did a great job taking care of me. I'm sure I scared the crap out of him when I almost passed out twice today! Psychologically I don't do well with medical procedures!
The Rest of the story… and here we go!
3 months ago