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Comprehensive Childbirth Classes - Birth Doula Services                                 

Flower Mound, Tx

Callie provides childbirth classes in North Dallas and Flower Mound, TX and birth doula services in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. The Swaying Doula provides birth services for pregnant mothers and their families, as well as prenatal exercise and dance fitness to help pregnant mothers have a healthy pregnancy and prepare their bodies for labor, birth, and postpartum recovery.

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The Swaying Doula - birth doula services and natural birth classes in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area including Flower Mound, Highland Village, Denton, Coppell, Lewisville, Grapevine, Irving, Plano, Frisco, and The Colony TX.

Birth Questions Answered: My Baby is Still Breech! Do I Have to Have a C-section?

Callie Corless

"I went to my prenatal today, and my OB says baby is breech! I am 36.5 weeks. Does that mean I have to have a C-section?

Not necessarily. Barring other risk factors determined by your provider, there are options you can consider before scheduling your babies birthday. Anything from simply waiting, to more invasive procedures. Babies can get themselves in all sorts of interesting positions before birth.
Sometimes baby decides the position they need to be in is breech, either foot/feet - or bum - first.  

Things to consider when baby is breech

While a cesarean birth can be the best option in some cases, it’s always a great idea to look at all the options before making a decision. If a cesarean birth still ends up being the best choice, great! Or maybe you’ll learn something you weren’t aware of and decide to look into it further. Your birth is full of choices that you get to make for you and your baby.

Babies like to move

When a baby is breech in the last weeks of pregnancy, this doesn’t always mean they’ll stay that way. Around 36 weeks your provider might notice that baby is in a breech position, but you may be surprised to know that some babies will still turn in the last days of pregnancy. Sometimes right before birth. This isn’t a guarantee by any means, but it is a possibility.

Have you considered chiropractic care? 

Don’t write it off too quick. There may be some imbalances in your body or pelvis, causing baby to settle into an awkward position. Keeping a balanced pelvis during pregnancy with chiropractic care doesn’t just help some babies turn, it can lead to less discomfort and pain during pregnancy, and even shorter labors! (Who doesn't want that??)  Find a chiropractor who knows how to work with pregnant mothers, babies, and kids. A chiropractor trained in The Webster Technique will know how to take good care of you. If you haven’t seen a chiropractor throughout your pregnancy, but discover the benefits because of a breech baby, even one visit could be beneficial. But the earlier chiropractic care is started, the better!

“If the baby has not moved head down by 36 weeks or so we usually will check to see if the sacrum is out of alignment and then [check]  the opposite round ligament. Using Webster protocol it will relieve the pressure on the front and the back of the pelvis, and allows the baby to start to move head down. The Webster protocol has a very high success rate - *85% + of the time it will help the baby move into the right position.” 
-Twila Henderson, D.C., Chiropractor in Denton County, TX

The ECV procedure

ECV stands for External Cephalic Version, a procedure you may opt to attempt when you are full term, to help turn baby head down. An ECV will be done in a hospital, with the baby closely monitored by your OB for signs of distress. Not all providers will give you this option, and if that’s the case, you’ll need to find recommendations for someone who does. ECV is successful a little more than half the time, but keep in mind that some babies will turn back around anytime in the days and weeks after it’s performed.

We don’t often know why babies choose the positions they do, but seeing as how they have an up close and personal view of their environment - we should be cognizant of how much effort we are putting into getting them to do what we think is best. Good practice for later parenting!

Vaginal Breech Birth

There are babies born breech on purpose you say? Indeed there are. The key is to find an experienced provider if this is an option you choose! Breech birth isn’t around much nowadays - training for delivering breech babies has all but vanished in most areas. When we do see providers offering breech birth, it’s often a skill passed on from one provider to the next.

There are risks to a vaginal breech birth, just as there are risks to a cesarean breech birth. Do your research, and weigh your options. Sometimes a vaginal breech birth isn’t an option if there are risk factors with the mother, location of the placenta, or position of the baby. We have options for vaginal breech births in North Dallas, TX, but depending on where you live, you may not be able to find a provider willing to attend a one. In this case, if you’ve exhausted all your options, you can extend your travel radius, or plan for a cesarean birth. Again, it’s great to have options!

In the end, the most important thing isn’t how your baby is born. It’s whether you did what you found to be the best option for your birth, after careful consideration of your choices. My hope for all women and/or couples is that they have the resources and mindset they need to feel good about their experience. Birth can be amazing! Even if the outcome is different than what you originally hoped for.


Further reading:

Spinning babies

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - If a baby is breech

Setting the stage for baby to turn and Chiropractic Care

More information for breech babies


Why Take A Natural Birth Class - Even If You're Planning on an Epidural

Callie Corless

Why take a natural birth class if I’m planning to have an epidural?

Short answer: Because you learn way more than how to have a natural birth.

When people ask me about the Birth Boot Camp Classes I teach in Flower Mound TX, they often say “oh, I don’t need a natural birth class. I’m getting an epidural.” Now this isn’t an anti-epidural post, just to be clear. I think everyone knows what is best for them, and I certainly wouldn't recommend you birth in a setting you aren't comfortable with. Birth doesn’t go so well if the mother is anxious or afraid.

What I do want to do is make sure you know that planning on an epidural doesn’t mean you won’t ever feel any pain. I also want to show you why investing in your birth is worthwhile. (And considering the benefits, the cost of a birth class is fairly minimal. For example, have you seen how much the average couple spends on a wedding? The amount we spend on preparing for our births pales in comparison.)
Birth Boot Camp gives couples the evidence and current information they can use to plan their birth, specifically tailored to what works for them.

You might not have thought of the following when planning your birth. Here are a few reasons a Birth Boot Camp class is a good idea; even if you plan to birth with medication.

Hot Spots

This isn't as fun as it sounds.

Sometimes when an epidural is placed women will have a spot that the medication doesn’t reach and they will feel contractions just in that location. In this case, you’ll need those comfort measures to rely on! 

It Might Be Awhile...

Even with an epidural early labor can last hours or even days. If you plan to birth in a hospital, this means you’ll have a lot of time trying to cope with contractions before pain medication is even an option. 

Think You're Guaranteed An Epidural? Not Quite.

I'd like to tell you about a good friend of mine(with her permission) who planned on an epidural for each of her births. Her last birth was so fast she delivered the baby soon after arriving at the hospital, with no time for an epidural. She was never planning to birth without pain medication(natural birth actually terrified her!), but it happened.
Another common occurrence is when the anesthesiologist is overwhelmed with other patients, and you are essentially "in line" for medication. I’ve seen moms who waited for an epidural for HOURS and didn’t know what to do in the meantime. Don’t get caught off guard! Taking a class is worth it.

Know Your Stuff

With any intervention, there are pros and cons to weigh. If you are planning on an epidural, you should find out how that works. What are the risks? Benefits? How is it placed? Our class covers common medications and interventions so you can make decisions about your care, fully informed. 

The Partner Needs Support Too!

Birth can be intense. Mom might be really focused during birth. Sometimes she is so focused she can’t voice what she wants and needs as well. The last thing we want is a partner who feels helpless. Helpless is no bueno. Birth Boot Camp gives partners lots of tools to use, and in class I pass out little card reminders for Dads to bring to the birth - a sort of cheat sheet for supporting mom, if you will. In class couples learn together, so they are on the same page as they plan their birth.

Fail To Plan, Plan To...Not Get What You Want

Birth Plan in Denton County TX

If you want something to go well, you wouldn’t just show up and wing it(see this post if you need a little help with your birth plan). You'd prepare ahead of time. That would help you to feel a little more ready, confident, and calm. (All of these are important for a safe, happy birth!) A childbirth class should prepare you so that if plans change or something comes up, you’ll know what to do because you’ve prepared for it, whether it’s a long labor, change of birth location, a necessary induction, or even a cesarean.

Mind the Gap: How Kinesio Taping Supports the Abdominals

Callie Corless

During pregnancy the abdominal muscles can pull apart and create a gap (Diastasis Recti) as your uterus expands and your belly grows. After you have the baby, this can sometimes heal on it’s own, but often needs some help in the form of proper exercise and movement (tip: don’t just start doing crunches!).

Did you know you can utilize kinesio taping to support your abs during pregnancy and postpartum? I didn't...until I took a training and and was wowed with all the techniques you can use to have a more comfortable journey through pregnancy and beyond. I've even used it on myself and my "baby" is almost 4 years old. (By the way, when did that happen?!) Perhaps you've seen athletes taped up, such as in the Olympics. It wasn't just a colorful accessory. Each taping serves a specific purpose. 

Kinesio taping uses flexible, cloth-like tape to gently lift the skin and allow better blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and decompress inflamed areas in the body. Basically, it makes room for your body to work more efficiently, and provides support for areas needing a little help. And the good news is unless you have a special condition that prevents you from using it - it's safe for pregnant and postpartum women to use. Just make sure to double check with your provider to get the a-okay!

Here's a postpartum mom using the kinesio taping technique to support the abs as they heal. 

Here's a postpartum mom using the kinesio taping technique to support the abs as they heal. 

Here are three main ways it helps specifically for abdominal support:

1) It provides gentle support during your pregnancy as your belly expands.

2) It supports the transverse abdominals(the deepest layers of abs) as you work with your body to help those knit back together after birth. 

3) It serves as a reminder to you to be aware of how you’re engaging your core - keeping your awareness in how you move and use those muscles to provide the optimal conditions for healing! (And it can be more comfortable/convenient than wearing a belly belt - it stays on while you sleep, bathe, etc.) 

Kinesio taping isn't a cure-all - it's simply a tool you can add to your repertoire of prenatal and postpartum care, for added care and comfort. It generally lasts up to 5 days, depending on placement and activity level. It's a nice addition to the things I can offer my clients; it's quick to put on, and low maintenance. 

Kinesio taping can also be used for nearly every other physical complaint in pregnancy. Carpal tunnel, back pain, belly support, sciatica, edema, etc.

If you're near Flower Mound TX and would like to learn more, visit my kinesio taping page or contact me!

Happy Taping!

- Callie Corless, BBCI 

aka The Swaying Doula