I wrote yesterday about how nervous I was getting, at 39 weeks pregnant, having a baby that was stubbornly continuing to face forward ("sunny side up") rather than backward. Many of you offered your advice, experiences, and prayers, and I am so grateful - thank you, all.
I spent a lot of time yesterday evening "researching" what might be in store for me with a sunny side up labor, and getting more and more determined to get that baby turned around. I kept coming across scary phrases like "long drawn-out stop and go labor" and "excruciating back pain." The gist I got was: "yes, it's very possible to have a natural birth when the baby is in the posterior position, but OH MY GOSH do everything possible to make it flip before then!!"
Here are the primary methods I tried:
1. Going through the Miles Circuit, suggested to me by my ever-reliable doula.
2. Having Tom use a make-shift rebozo on me (a bed sheet). It is a pretty silly-looking operation, and it was hard not to laugh through it.
3. Being mindful of leaning forward while sitting, rocking on an exercise ball while I did the ironing, and avoiding any sort of reclining position whatsoever. I wish someone had stressed to me how important it was to avoid too much laying around during the end of pregnancy....you know, before I spent every night during the past few months alternately lying in a warm bath reading a book, or lying on the couch knitting and watching movies!
4. Fervently praying that the baby would turn.
I can't say exactly which of these was the clincher (though #4 probably played a big role), but somehow, miraculously, it worked! When I went to my midwife appointment today, two midwives confirmed that the baby had turned himself the right way.
I feel so relieved. And as if I'm finally "ready" for this to happen. Tomorrow is St. Joseph's Day, which is the day I've sort of been hoping for as our new little son's birthday. We'll see.... :-)