Babywatch - week 38

Voice Card  -  Volume 19  -  Larry Card Number 4  -  Mon, Mar 11, 1991 9:59 PM

We're in the home stretch now - however there has been an obstacle tossed onto our path. It appears that our little child doesn't like being in the traditional head-down position for birth. So, we have scheduled a hospital visit to see if our doctor can physically turn the little sucker so that he or she will be in position to dive out.

Unfortunately there are some risks to turning the baby this way - that's why it has to be done in the hospital. If the fetus should go into distress or if the placenta happens to be pulled away from the uterine wall, an emergency Caesarean section will have to be performed. Or, the process could induce labor - but this wouldn't matter much since the attempted turning is only one week before the expected due date.

Information gathered from the ultrasound taken to confirm the breech position confirms Diane's fears of having a "horse". Three weeks before the due date, the baby was estimated to be 7 pounds 15 ounces. If we go the full three weeks and the baby gains the normal 8 ounces per week, he/she will weigh about 9 pounds 7 ounces. That's big.

Diane is not looking forward to this. She has made an appointment with a psychologist friend of hers who specializes in hypnotizing women prior to labor and birth. Apparently, it is a relaxing technique that allows the women to divert attention from the pain. This psychologist also believes that the relaxation techniques (hypnosis) also will help Diane during the attempted turning of the baby - it will help relax the uterus and make turning easier.