One of the most commonly asked questions about turning the baby.

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One of the most commonly asked questions about turning the baby. What should I do when the baby has turned? Should I continue with moxa-therapy or stop at that stage? My advice is that you are able to stop moxa-therapy once an echogram/ultrasound has confirmed that your baby has turned. Once the baby has turned to a head down presentation after week 33, chances are very small that it will turn back again. Therefore, when you feel that your baby is in a different position or that its activity is happening in a totally different spot, or if you simply feel the turn, contact your midwife or gynaecologist to request a presentation/position echogram. If this is not available in the short term, just continue with your moxa-therapy. Moxa treatment will not cause your baby to return to a breech position, because in a head down presentation its heaviest body structure (the head) is at the bottom and turning against gravity is unlikely to happen. Just think about a bottom weighted cup; one of these cups does not tip over because it has a weight in the bottom. Very handy for children as you will no doubt discover in a few months’ time... J. This is the same principle as a head presentation and this principle also makes babies turn from a breech- to a head down presentation. Moxa therapy facilitates this. 

The treatment

Moxa-therapy is completely painless and can be carried out at home, and the most important aspect of it is, research has shown that through moxa-therapy, the chances of a baby turning spontaneously are increased from 50% to 75%.

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The science

At this moment, the most common treatment for a baby in breech presentation is an external turn. The gynaecologist will try to turn the baby externally, by hand. About 80% of the women with a baby in breech presentation will ultimately have a caesarean operation. They would rather experience a natural delivery.

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During the more than 6500 instructions on how to use moxa-therapy for breech position, the following questions were asked most frequently. 

Frequently Asked Questions about moxa-treatment


“As I have just said on the answerphone: our baby has turned! Hopefully it won’t turn back again!”

-- Marieke Esser/ Mark Eshuis

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