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ECV, Bradley Method and Anal Fissure – Three Birth Stories
Natalie’s first baby was a hospital birth with an epidural that she describes as awful, and it ended up with a bad episiotomy. Six weeks postpartum she was still in awful pain; so, her OB sent her to a specialist where she discovered that she had an anal fissure from the episiotomy that was bad enough to require surgery. She had surgery to repair that at 7 weeks postpartum.
Fast forward 3 years, and for her second birth, Natalie used the Bradley method with her husband and a doula for a drug free hospital birth.
Two years later, Natalie was pregnant with her most recent baby, and discovered she was breech at 37 weeks. Natalie shares her experience of having a successful ECV to turn the baby at 38 weeks and then delivering drug free at the hospital one day after her due date.
Natalie Johnson Bio
Natalie Johnson is a wife and stay-at-home mom to Fiona (6), Arthur (3), and Eleanor(1). Natalie has been married to her husband Chris for 8 years. After an epidural/hospital birth, followed by an unmedicated birth, Natalie was excited to experience another unmedicated birth with her third pregnancy. At 37 weeks she found out that her daughter was breech. After much consideration, acupuncture,
chiropractic care, and laying upside down for a week, she decided to try an external cephalic version (ECV) in the operating room with an OB at 38 weeks. The version was successful, but it was a very intense and slightly surprising experience.
Natalie, I loved hearing about your story and your determination to have a natural child birth, especially after your first two births… Congratulations!! I am currently expecting (37 weeks) and this week had the ECV which was unsuccessful. My doctor did not offer to try for a 2nd ECV procedure, but have been put in touch with a different OB who is willing to try. My question for you is would you have tried for a 2nd ECV if the first had not been successful? Thinking my baby does not want to flip for whatever reason, so a bit hesitant to try another ECV, but also don’t want to regret not trying everything!! Thanks for your input!