When unborn babies are posterior — that is, their back is toward their mother’s back — it can make for a long, hard labor, with lots of “back labor.” Click here to read one method of turning persistent posterior babies. I’ve got it saved in my Delicious bookmarks for future reference, and am definitely intrigued by it. It also makes sense to me — even if “modern medicine” discredits things like this, there is nothing to lose, and quite possibly a faster and easier labor to gain! Oh, yeah, I’m all for that!
The midwife who wrote the above says that it always works for her, and since using it has never had a persistent posterior baby — and doesn’t miss the long, hard “back” labors, nor the transfers for maternal exhaustion.
Thanks, once again, to Diana for the link.
And if you want to read a longer discussion on posterior/anterior babies (with pictures!), back labor, epidurals, C-sections, etc. — very thorough and well worth reading — click here to read Well-Rounded Mama.