At the Fertility and Pregnancy Acupuncture Clinic in Brisbane we can teach you the traditional methods used to encourage your baby to turn from breech using acupuncture and moxibustion. This method is used to assist breech babies to turn around and we find is most successful if their mums come for treatment at around 34 weeks as there’s still a bit of extra room to move at that stage. The treatment can still be successful at a later gestation though and may help an ECV (manually turning your baby by a doctor) be more successful by relaxing the body and reducing anxiety. There are also certain positions which can help with encouraging your baby into a head down position and these are well explained on the Spinning Babies website.
We are commonly asked how moxibustion works to turn a breech baby. The best answer is that it is thought that applying heat to the little toe stimulates receptors and encourages the release of oestrogen and progesterone (e.g. pregnancy hormones). These in turn stimulate the uterus to contract and the baby to become quite active and (hopefully) turn to a head down position. There is limited evidence that women who use acupuncture, moxibustion and postural positioning are more likely to have a baby head down at birth than women who did not; however, more studies are needed (1).
At The Fertility and Pregnancy Acupuncture Clinic you can also purchase our smoke-less moxibustion sticks with an instruction sheet. We will teach you during your first session how to use the sticks so you can continue the moxibustion yourself at home.
(1) Coyle, ME, Smith, CA, & Peat B, 2012, Cephalic version by moxibustion for breech presentation, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 16(5), CD003928, Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22592693