“Hmm, it looks like your baby is in a transverse position right now,” my ob-gyn told me during the ultrasound at my 30-week prenatal appointment. I cursed. Loudly. After two months of happily hanging out in the head-down position, what the hell was she doing sideways? She was going to be breech. I knew it. I just knew it.
All this positioning stuff is known as “fetal presentation,” and when you’re near your due date, the way your baby is situated in your uterus is everything. Having a baby in the breech (head up) or transverse (sideways or diagonal) position late in the pregnancy typically means an automatic C-section. And like many pregnant women, I did NOT want a C-section unless I absolutely needed to have one.
Although my doctor assured me not to panic and that the baby still had plenty of time and space to wiggle her head down, I did what any normal, type-A pregnant person does: I started frantically Googling as soon as I hit the waiting room.
On the way home, I discovered Spinning Babies, a series of exercises designed to help a fetus find the optimal position in the womb. Created by Minneapolis midwife Gail Tully, Spinning Babies is a program that encourages the baby to rotate into—and stay—in the head-down position, leading to an easier, lower-intervention birth.