Since qualifying as a maternity reflexologist I have often been asked, “Is reflexology effective at helping breech babies turn head down?”
When I was pregnant with my first child I was told at 35 weeks that he was breech. I was booked to have a scan to check his position at 36 weeks. If he was breech then the consultant would attempt to manually turn him to the head down position – I believe this is called external cephalic version (ECV). Obviously the moment anything like this is suggested to you, you instantly start to think about how effective it will be and whether it will hurt you or the baby! I allowed myself a limited period of time to Google it and my research suggested that it might be ‘uncomfortable’, may result in going into premature labour and had a low success rate with babies either refusing to turn or turning back into their original breech position shortly afterwards. I didn’t have much time to worry about whether my research was accurate because I went into labour before I could have the scan and discovered that my ‘breech’ baby actually had his head so far down that it couldn’t be felt. I had a very quick, easy labour.
As a maternity reflexologist I have found reflexology to be extremely effective in helping breech babies turn. During my maternity reflexology training I learnt a technique for stimulating the acupressure point ‘Bladder 67’ which is next to the corner of the nail on the outer edge of the little toe. This is an acupressure point that should generally be avoided during pregnancy unless in the last few weeks of pregnancy if the baby is breech.
I am a firm believer in helping people to help themselves and so always show clients how to stimulate the Bladder 67 accupressure point for themself after the treatment so that they can continue to build on the effects of the reflexology.