On Wednesday we will be 38 weeks pregnant. However, there is a slight hiccup.. And I'm not talking about the daily hiccup sessions that baby has been entertaining us with in the morning and after dinner. This is a hiccup of another sort.
We found out two weeks ago that the baby is positioned breach; butt first. We then found out that it is extremely rare to willingly perform a breach birth and the preferred method for this situation is to just schedule a C-section. Ellen is very much wanting to avoiding a C-section as much as possible and has voiced her opinion about it. We were offered an option that is scheduled at 11am today. External cephalic version is where they bush on the belly and manipulate the out side of the tummy in an attempt to turn the baby the correct way. It is extremely uncomfortable for the mother (sometimes described as more painful than the birth itself) but fortunately carries only small risk to the baby. Best case is that the baby is put in the proper position.
Possible problems include:
Baby can't be turned and remains breach
Baby is turned, but turns itself back on its own
Umbilical cord gets pinched or wraps around the baby
Most of the risks are rare and only have a small chance. However, due to these risks we must have the turning procedure done in the O.R. so that Ellen and baby can be monitored 100% of the time and should anything happen or come up, emergency procedures can be done without delay.
I am not overly worried about what is going to happen in a few short hours as I feel confident that this is a common procedure and that should something need to be done on short notice, qualified people are there to it in very timely manner. Never the less, I still feel nervous, anxious, and a bit jittery.