Many women are aware that babies can be vertex (head-down), or breech (head-up), but few understand that even if the baby's head is down, this doesn't guarantee that the baby is in an optimal position for birth. Labor will generally speaking be shorter and "easier" if the baby is in an ANTERIOR position. This means that the back of the baby's head is facing away from mom's back. It's possible for you as the mother to observe your baby's position as the baby grows bigger and movements can be clearly felt. Feel free to contact me if you would like some simple tips on how to identify what position your baby is in.
If you suspect that your baby is in a POSTERIOR position, you can choose to do exercises that may help baby to turn into a more optimal position, or you might try chiropractic care to help balance the mother's body and therefore the baby's position. Nothing is guaranteed to help turn the baby, but if you do go into labor with a baby in the posterior position, you will at least know that labor may very well be longer than "average" and even perhaps more intense. Once baby turns, though, it will likely progress quickly!
Information is power! Here are a few things to know about posterior labors:
I look at birth from the perspective that our bodies are wonderfully made, and if we really believe that and work with the birth process and nourish our bodies properly, they will function optimally, most of the time!