Breech balancing program

Your comprehensive, individualized program combines a parent class with hands-on bodywork and a movement home program designed for you and your partner to take action when your baby is breech.

Couple’s class plus bodywork for balance to:

  • Create space for your baby to find a better position for birth
  • Relieve tension around your uterus
  • Learn activities for both parents to help you and your baby

Elements of the breech balancing program

  • Breech zoom consult for initial assessment to begin your care plan
  • Three hour class for parents to learn breech balancing activities. In-person is strongly recommended. 
  • Three myofascial therapy bodywork sessions or Body Ready Method® sessions to release tissues restricting space around your baby. 
  • Home program

When to do the breech balancing program

If your baby is presenting breech anytime from 33 weeks on to 40+ weeks, you can give yourself the best shot at helping your baby turn on their own by undertaking the breech balancing program. 

If your baby feels stuck and hasn’t moved out of this place from 28 weeks on, start doing a Body Ready Method® movement program and hands-on myofascial release. 

If you previously had a breech baby, start doing a Body Ready Method® movement program and hands-on myofascial release as early as possible. You can begin before you’re pregnant, early in your pregnancy, or when you’re in postpartum recovery with your earlier baby.

Are there contraindications for the breech balancing program?

A few activities may require modifications or change-outs if you have specific conditions in your pregnancy. Consult with Catherine for movement options when you have medical risks.

Is this program guaranteed to rotate a baby?

No program can guarantee that a baby will rotate. Medical efforts of external cephalic versions (ECV) are not 100% effective either. An ECV uses force to push the baby around, so it’s often very intense for women. Spinning Babies® and Body Ready Method® use physiology, not force, to open space for your baby to be able to move. Doing the breech balancing program is the best advance setup for doing an ECV, as a last resort at term, and can make the procedure easier for you and baby.

If you’ve had a personal or family history of breech, like a baby in a breech position from a very short umbilical cord, talk over the risks of doing an ECV with your medical provider. The breech balancing program uses no force, and instead relies on opening the space in your body for your baby to move into her best position.

Related Services

Packages of multiple bodywork sessions, in person

Online consultations:

  • Talk with Catherine to decide what your next steps are.
  • For those outside the Twin Cities metro area, the couples class can be arranged online. If you can’t come for in-person bodywork, Catherine can consult to help you find qualified bodywork practitioners nearby and to work with your support team.

What to expect in the breech balancing program

Photos by Raven Ivory

Working with a partner

To be done safely, the forward leaning inversion is a partner activity carried out after an assessment for contraindications.

Rotated breech baby

You’ve already touched my friend’s baby in an indirect way. At about 36 weeks her little one was breech, so her OB was talking about turning it manually. We jiggled with a rebozo instead and had her turned in a week! Never would have known what to do without your tutelage.

– Kim K

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