Molly Kate was breech from about 24 weeks to 34 weeks of pregnancy. Every time we peeked at her on an ultrasound, she had her feet up by her head. Once I learned about hip dysplasia in breech babies, I decided to be pro-active and began to see a chiropractor who specializes in the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is non-invasive and it involves them adjusting your hips and pressing on knots in the ligaments that support the uterus. They don’t do anything to the baby. I believe the night of my first visit, she flipped. We had an ultrasound in the 35 week and she had indeed flipped head down. I continued to see the chiropractor weekly until delivery to ensure that she remained head down.
When she was examined in the hospital by the pediatrician, I told them how she was breech for 10 weeks and requested a hip ultrasound (something they wouldn’t have known to do since she wasn’t born breech). She had her first scan at 10 days old which showed slight hip dysplasia. We were referred to a pediatric orthopedic at Children’s Hospital who repeated the ultrasound at 27 days old. There was improvement, but not enough. He said we could watch it and see if it corrects itself or we could go ahead with the Pavlik Harness. I told him to make the decision for me and he chose to go ahead and do the harness. He said we would have no regrets this way.
They fitted her with the harness in the office and told us that she has to wear it 24/7 for 6 weeks except for baths. It doesn’t seem to bother her which is good. I am having a hard time adjusting to it. I can’t hold her in the same positions, I can’t nurse her in the same positions, life has definitely changed. I know it is the best thing for her and 6 weeks won’t seem like such a long time.
If anyone has experience with the Pavlik Harness, I would love to hear about it. I also had to start pumping more bottles for her as it is very difficult to get her into a good position to breastfeed. If you have any pumping tips, I would appreciate them!