With my last pregnancy, I went through this Belly Mapping Workbook with my husband. We detected that our baby was in an Occiput Posterior (OP) position.
I waited to take action until my next appointment with my midwife. I suggested to her that I felt my baby was in the OP position, and she with her more experienced hands was impressed to discover that I was right. After talking with her some more at that appointment about what I could do, I got busy! I read everything I could about the position, the outcomes and experiences that were associated with it, and I knew it would be in my and my baby girl’s best interest if I could get her to turn. So, I studied the workbook, the information on the spinningbabies.com website, the information in my Hypnobabies home study course, learned the exercises I could do each day and during my birthing time, as well as ordered the Turn, Posterior Baby, Turn! Track from Hypnobabies.
**As a quick aside - yes, hypnosis really is a helpful tool in getting your baby to turn. Check out this study on how hypnosis affected turning breech babies: "Eighty-one percent of the fetuses in the intervention group converted to vertex presentation compared with 48% of those in the comparison group. This difference was statistically significant."**
With improving my posture, doing birth ball rotation exercises and hands and knees exercises several times each day, and listening to my Turn Posterior, Baby, Turn! Track, I found that my baby had turned to Right Occiput Posterior (ROP) position by my last midwife appointment before she was born. The ROP is the most ideal posterior position because those babies very often turn to Occiput Anterior (OA) as they are being birthed. During my birthing time, my baby girl did in fact turn into the OA position, and I was able to have a very comfortable and easy birth experience.
Obviously, I can never be completely certain if my baby wouldn’t have just turned on her own without my physical and mental assistance, but it was extremely empowering and satisfying to know what position my baby was in as I approached my birthing time. In knowing the potential challenge giving birth to a posterior-facing baby could be, I was able to do something about it - and I do believe it helped. I also found a fabulous video on youtube.com which showed an exercise I could do during my baby's birthing time if she hadn't already turned by then.
This information (as well as all the info from the actual workbook and spinningbabies.com) I would never have thought to add to my arsenal of birthing time tools if I had not studied the Belly Mapping workbook. So, from personal experience I know the value of this book! And I recommend it with highest accolades to you!
Knowing the ins and outs of Optimal Fetal Positioning is a very important and empowering resource for all pregnant women. Please, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to learn more at spinningbabies.com.