I am so sorry to everyone who is desperate to lie on their tummy. The holo has suddenly been discovered worldwide since a social media post sent it viral at the end of February. Unfortunately restocking takes a while, but I will be back with all colours, mint, blue and pink at the beginning of June and fingers crossed I won’t be caught short again.
If you would like me to let you know when they are here, you can send me an email at email@example.com and I will add you to the list.
Thanks for bearing with me, I hope its not too late 🙂
Fedex have come up trumps for the holo. With amazing reduced rates I can now offer the holo at £10 less approx 17USD! So come on pregnant mommas in the USA, you can now be comfortable for so much less and in no time at all. 2 day delivery, but proving to get there the very next day. UK to USA in a day! You won’t be sorry – holo will change your life 🙂
How Can I Turn My Breech Baby?
At my pregnancy yoga classes, I commonly get asked – ‘How can I turn my breech baby?’ I was born breech in the 1970s when it was more common for breech births to occur vaginally so have always had a personal interest in this area. Today birthing a baby breech is an option rarely given as obstetricians consider it too much of a risk for mother and baby and, as a result, many women are offered little choice but to have a caesarean section if carrying their baby breech at term. Women determined to birth their breech babies vaginally often have to seek out health professionals experienced in breech delivery or hire an independent midwife. Sadly, the skills required to assist with the birth of a breech baby are becoming less available.
Often women don’t even realise they have an option to birth their breech baby vaginally. Check out this little film of a footling breech birth for some inspiration: The Footling Breech Home Birth of Nash from born photographer on Vimeo.
Women are usually offered an ECV (external cephalic version) to try and turn the baby in the last weeks of pregnancy but many women seek alternative methods. So what else can women try to turn their breech baby?
The Breech Tilt – in Pam England’s ‘ Birthing from Within’ she suggests women try the breech tilt technique. She gives the following instructions:
‘Lie on the floor and use cushions to elevate your hips to about a 30 degree angle or lie on an ironing board propped up on the couch. It seems that the inverted position helps the baby’s bottom fall away from the pelvic brim, so when you stand up the “floating” baby can turn – led by the heavy head sinking downward. Tilt for 10-15 minutes, two to three times a day, until the baby flips”
Read more by visiting: Spinning Babies-Breech Tilt
Maternity Reflexology – in Denise Tiran’s ‘Reflexology in Pregnancy and Childbirth’ she suggests reflexology treatment can assist. She states:
‘Refelexology may indirectly help to turn the breech cephalic, simply by relaxing the mother, aiding homeostasis, stimulating immunological functions and improving muscle tone in both the maternal uterus and the fetus. Manipulation of reflex zones for the entire musculoskeletal system may assit in realigning any deviations which may be contributing to an altered angle of the pelvic brim, facilitating a change of presentation.’
She goes on to discuss the use of the acupressure point Bladder 67 on the little toe which is often stimulate by maternity reflexologists to turn a breech baby. This is also the point used for the application of moxibustion.
Moxibustion – is the application of heat treatment to an acupressure point (Bladder 67) on the little toe. The heat from burning the moxa sticks close to the point can stimulate the baby to move and thus encourage turning. Acupuncturists who work with pregnant women often offer this treatment and show women how to continue the treatment programme at home. The sticks contain tightly rolled dried leaves of the mugwort plant.
You can read more research about this technique here:Moxibustion for Breech Presentation
Homeopathy – Janet Balaskas in ‘Natural Pregnancy’ suggests ‘a single dose of Pulsatilla, in a high potency, may be effective but the dosage should be prescribed and the progressed monitored by a homeopath as a constitutional treatment may be needed as well’.
You can read more about using homeopathy for breech presentation here: Homeopathy and Breech
Chiropractic – The Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique that balances the pelvis properly and reduces stress to the ligaments that support the uterus. For more information see: Webster Technique
Your Experience with a Breech Baby :
Was your baby breech? Did you use any of the ‘alternative’ techniques mentioned in this blog? I’d love to hear your experiences and success stories.
To find out more about your options for breech delivery see the following resource from AIMS to help you make an informed choice: AIMS-Breech
Guest blog by Lindsay Gale: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.mama-toto.co.uk
I love holo – share the love – for April 2014 only.
Refer a friend and get £5(approx $8USD) cash back into your paypal account.
If you have bought a holo before, here is a chance to get some of it paid for. Just get your friends to mention your name in the comments box on purchasing a holo for themselves and I will transfer £5(approx $8USD) into your paypal account. They can then do the same so the more friends that buy, the more money each of you can save. A chain of money back offers and happy pregnant ladies.
This is an unlimited offer for a limited time, so the more friends you encourage to buy a holo, the more money you will receive back
So go on, tell all your friends!
Help spread the holo love
The holo has many uses but with the tag line ‘lilo with a hole’ and lots of lovely images of the holo on water, you may think that it is just a holiday item and if you’re not going away then maybe its not worth buying.
BUT that is just not true. Look at the list of alternative uses:
1.) for catnaps to catch up on sleep as the perfect pregnancy bed
2.) at the end of yoga class for the ultimate in pregnancy relaxation
3.) to enable you to have the perfect pregnancy massage actually lying on your tummy
4.) for your physiotherapist to be able to reach your lower back to ease pregnancy pains
5.) to take the weight off your hips and pelvis to ease SPD pains.
6.) for lying prone (instead of kneeling on all fours!) to get your baby into optimal position for birth
7.) to just lie and watch telly or relax and read your favourite book comfortably on your tummy.
So go on, treat yourself, this time doesn’t last forever, but why not make it as comfortable as possible and as Gillian Shippey, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yoga-with-Gillian/177537918934128, a yoga teacher from the UK says:
‘As a pregnancy yoga teacher, I have found the holo lilo has helped women to relax deeply which I believe can profoundly impact a woman’s experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. At a time when women often find it difficult to find a really comfortable position, the holo lilo can help not just the mother find the ‘right position’, but the baby also to find the optimal birthing position. I highly recommend this to all mummies!