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26 January 2010


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I had a posterior one. I'll spare you the description of how that felt, but the good news is they all come out. Mine had a pretty nasty bruise on his head from where he kept hitting some bone of mine in there. Had a nurse from Eritria who delivered her babies in refugee camps, sans medication. My doc was losing interest in vaginal delivery, since baby appeared to be stuck, and my brilliant nurse got out a bottle of some sort of lube, vaseline or some such. Doc was like, "What do I do with this?" Nurse pretty much emptied the bottle on the doc's glove and had her reach up and lube the babys' head. Worked like a charm.

Cathie B

Hands and Knees...I have spent much of my last weeks there because my first was posterior. Just do it as much as you can. I'll be saying some prayers for rotation.


Please don't blame yourself for the malpositioning! And please don't let worry mar the last few days of your pregnancy. It doesn't have to mean miserable back labor if baby hangs out OP for a while. All 5 of mine started out like that and turned during labor. The first time was awful, but not the subsequent births. (I mean, it was still childbirth and everything, but I never once had that stereotypical back labor thing going.) You have an experienced body -- if you do labor with a posterior baby, it will be different for you than for a primapara.

I will offer the third joyful mystery for you today, and ask for the intercession of Our Lady of the Nativity. Hang in there!


Primipara. I hate typos.


Did I miss the post on how you know for sure that the baby is posterior?


Legs and arms poking out front all the time. It's really obvious. I didn't need the midwives to tell me, although I trust their judgment anyway. If the baby's head were anterior, he'd be able to star in the next remake of _The Exorcist._


Funny. Okay, thanks for clarifying. Turn, baby, turn!


I was born posterior. I'll spare you the birth story, though. But I did come out in the end. And hey, you won't be denied everything but ice chips, and all that other lovely 70's stuff my mom went through.

Christy P.

Like the other commenters I will not share my story of posterior labor except to say that I made a lot of loud noise. She did turn eventually. But I will chime in with the reassurance (platitude) that they all come out. And yes, you have an experienced body and you will have full control of you muscles and wits, at least as much as you can in labor, rather than being confined on your back in an unfamiliar bed with a tube stuck into your spine and needles in your arms. Unless you want to. ;-)

Mike (the lantern crossword dude in that cartoon physics class)

Look at it this way: He's not even born yet, and he's already keenly aware of spatial relations. As an engineer, you should be most proud.


I only have one little one so far, but she was posterior, and we had a natural birth with a midwife. I won't lie about the back labor--but after a 15-minute knees-up/chest-down inversion during contractions, followed by a few hands-and-knees contractions, she turned like a charm and it was much, much better from there. I'm sure you know the technique, but be encouraged that it can work!


Thanks, everyone, for tips, prayers, and good wishes. I'm aware that this is the sort of thing lots of people have to go through, so I shouldn't whine too much.

The perfectionist in me is agitated by any less-than-ideal condition.

Christy P.

As long as it is theoretical -- assume a different boundary condition.

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