The Nest method for turning breech babies consists of five consecutive treatments that employ the use of acupuncture and moxibustion. Not all breech treatments are designed the same- just as not all babies are in a breech presentation for the same reason. Proper diagnosis and treatment strategy is the key to our success.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxa is a name for the herb Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort or common wormwood) and moxibustion simply means the burning of this herb. This modality is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to promote healing, generate warmth in the body/channels, foster energy and movement, and to assist over-all healing in the body.
How Does It Work?
As with all our treatments, we take into account the uniqueness of each patient. Not all breech babies are malpositioned for the same reason. The key to success in turning breech babies is accurately assessing and diagnosing the individual constitution of the mother. Nest practitioners construct effective treatment plans based upon understanding the internal environment of the uterus—its not that babies don’t know where they should located be at this point in the pregnancy, it becomes more about creating the perfect environment. Like drawing perfect bath water, we aim to create a supremely comfortable environment so that babies are encouraged to engage in the pelvis in a cephalic position and maintain that station comfortably until birth day.
The wisdom and resources of the acupuncturists at The Nest helped put my anxieties at ease —which is half the battle when it comes to breech positioning, from what I understand—as we laid out a plan and put it to work. My baby turned after just a few sessions, and I’m continuing to enjoy the incredible benefits of acupuncture through the remainder of my pregnancy.