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Birthing Series Part One: Turning a Breech Baby

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

May 21st, 2017  |  28 Comments

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Every aspiring homeopath (caring mom) must learn how to recognize each remedy's uses and characteristics, and how to differentiate between remedies.  

materia medica (Latin for “materials of medicine”) is the tool that helps one do this, and is, therefore, the most necessary book in your homeopathic library.  

This is my materia medica.

Breach Baby

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

Hmmmm…I think that line’s already taken, so, let me be more specific.

Giving birth can be both the most magical time and the most stressful time of a woman’s life. Our bodies are changing by the moment, and any little out-of-the-ordinary pain or seeming delay can send even the most stoic amongst us into a tailspin of worry.

But there are women who came before us. Some women serve as emotional or educational support to enlighten us as to what to expect as we approach delivery.

But some women have taken it one step further by being pioneers in the medical field who have made delivery easier.

One such woman was Dr. Mercy B. Jackson (1802-1877). We touched on her contributions in our Mother’s Day tribute to a few stand-out women of homeopathy. Having given birth to 11 children, Dr. Jackson was understandably drawn toward a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

One of her greatest contributions was discovering that Pulsatilla can be used to turn breech babies in the womb and to speed labor.

Without this discovery, many women would have been subjected to unnecessary surgery in the delivery room. I’ve personally witnessed this phenomenon and can attest to its efficacy.

Pulsatilla is a uniquely feminine medicine. As such, it can help with so many physical issues that arise during pregnancy, such as bladder infections and indigestion.

It can also be extremely useful during periods of extreme emotion, especially weepiness (or what I like to call, feeling like “emotional mush.”) It can also help prevent a delayed labor.

If taken daily for the last month in an otherwise uneventful pregnancy, it sets the mother up so that when the time comes, her labor won’t lag.

But one of its most amazing uses (as Dr. Jackson discovered) comes into play when the baby is breech. I have no better example to share than that of one of my staff members, so here is Carrie’s story in her own words:

Two years ago, I was preparing to give birth to my third baby.

Having no need for interventions with my two previous homebirths, I proceeded to plan my third homebirth with the same midwife.

In the last month, I started to prepare for the birth: I purchased my birthing tub, attended hypnobirthing classes, and ordered any remedies I may need for the birth process — all in advance.

But at week 35, my midwife discovered that my baby was breech.

This threw my plans for a loop, as I was informed that unless the baby turned, I would not be able to birth at home.

I have always been a “good student” and immediately dedicated myself to the baby-turning methods described on Spinningbabies.com. I inverted myself daily, on an ironing board.

But the only thing that was spinning was my head!

After a week of practice, the baby still did not turn. I was getting anxious. That’s when I got the recommendation from Joette.

Alright midwives and expectant parents, get your pencils ready for this one: Pulsatilla 200, twice daily.

That’s it.

You mean I don’t have to put myself through any uncomfortable positions or exercises?

Nope!

This is what I realize time and again about homeopathy: It is just so easy.

And as for my third baby? I got to deliver him at home in my birth pool, just as planned. In fact, I’m pretty sure I felt him start to move into the correct position after taking my second dose of Pulsatilla.

Certainly, a good reason to keep Pulsatilla on hand during pregnancy.

If you are a midwife or expectant parent, be sure you stay tuned for our next two birth-related blogs.

The next blog will cover what I call the “premier” birth remedy. It’s the remedy you’ll want to be sure you have in several potencies for labor.

Should you be interested in learning more about the unique role homeopathy plays in the life of girls and women, and how to make health corrections with my simple practical homeopathy, consider my online course “Feminopathy”.

We owe it to ourselves (and to the family and friends who depend on us) to take care of and protect our bodies.

This is Practical Homeopathy: proven, reproducible, effective protocols specific to women’s special health issues. Click here to learn more.

 

 

I am a homeopath with a world wide practice working with families and individuals via Skype. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety s and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. In order to be treated or diagnosed, Joette believes that the advice of a holistic physician is in order.


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28 thoughts on “Birthing Series Part One: Turning a Breech Baby”

  1. Cindy says:

    I, too, used pulsatilla at 36 weeks for my fourth child who was breech. It worked! This was 29 years ago.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Happy birthday to your 29 year old!

  2. Marisa says:

    Thank you Joette for your generosity and dedication your work is changing so many lives.

  3. Shelia says:

    Great series! I’m due in 4 weeks. Will the other posts be out in that time?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Hold on! The next one will be next Sunday night.

  4. Susanne says:

    Also worked for me exactly 32 years ago in Australia. My third baby was a shoulder presentation after two normal deliveries. Baby declined to turn when attempted manually by midwife and doctor. I was a bit sceptical (science + nursing background) when my lovely homebirth midwife gave me a dose of Pulsatilla 30c but we watched/felt as baby turned almost immediately. Within a few days she was back in shoulder presentation but turned with a second dose. Remained head down. She was a posterior presentation which made for a painful labour but at least I was able to have a normal delivery at home instead of a caesarian section thanks to my midwife’s homeopathic training and knowledge! I have been using homeopathy ever since. And have never stopped learning.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Laurie says:

    Are you saying that a pregnant woman can use Pulsatilla daily for the last month and would that be 200C potency? Thank you for this info! My daughter is due in 10 days and I have set her up homeopathically so she may have a great recovery! She is having a homebirth

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I like Pulsatilla 200 in the last month of pregnancy even if the baby is good position, but the Banerji Protocol is to use it every other day. There are others that are good to have on hand before during and after that you may or may not know about. I cover that in my CD baby Grande CD, should you be interested.

  6. Cindy Morrow says:

    Joetta, the Feminopathy course looks amazing: I am a homebirth midwife in Georgia, USA. It doesn’t say, but does it provide CEUs?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      There is no outside certification available at this time.

  7. kidsncows says:

    The Pulsatilla card says 1 dose of 200C every other day (which you noted above is the Banerji protocol). Your article states 200C twice daily. Would you use the Banerji when everything looks good, and the twice daily if you know you have a breech presentation?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      yes.

  8. Kati says:

    Would you use this in conjunction with the Caulophyllum 6x mentioned in your Baby Grande CD, or just pick one?

    1. Kati says:

      I should have clarified: This is my 3rd pregnancy. My due date was May 15th. Everything is normal; baby is in good position. I have been taking the Caulophyllum as you suggest in Baby Grande. I’m wondering if adding Pulsatilla is a good idea, or just stick with one remedy to aid in a faster, easier labor? Thanks!

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If its clear that one is a better choice than the other, then go with that one. Having said this, I’ve used both in the last month and found the combo to be fruitful.

  9. Nancy says:

    Just to let you know that the form to fill out for downloading the card does not appear when using Google Chrome. I switched to Microsoft Edge and was able to see it.

  10. Kate says:

    So grateful for this and future info! A rough and long labor was the reason I first started to study homeopathy, so this application of it never ceases to intrigue me.

  11. Christina V. says:

    Thank you, this is wonderful! I am expecting and 2 weeks away from my due date now. I know it is not preferred to deviate from Banerji protocol, but for overall body preparation these last few days would it be ok to take Pulsatilla 30 instead of 200 since that I all I have?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      You may use whatever potency you choose, but if you hope to enjoy the results that the Banerjis and I have, it would behoove you to get the best potency. Contact my office and order our 200 potency kit.

      1. Christina V. says:

        Thank you Joette!

  12. Kristy says:

    I hope the expectant mothers who have commented in these threads return and report!:) I am 40, and have been trying for a year to get pregnant with no luck so far. But I definitely want to use homeopathy!! My girls are 16, 17 1/2, and 19 and although each labor got shorter it was not ideal. Thank you!!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Homeopathy is over 230 years old, backed by data that has been gathered from the most influential and scientific organizations, and I offer information that represents that. I wouldn’t wait for someone on this blog to report back before giving it a go.

  13. Kristy says:

    Oh I definitely plan to, but I have to get pregnant first:). I am using it for other acute situations that come up. I’ve only been aware of homeopathy for the last 4 or 5 weeks and am taking your beginner class, listening to the podcasts (I’ve listed to all at least once now) and ordering/reading books that are recommended. Now I am going through the blog posts and reading the comments. My comment was specifically in regards to labor. Thanks:)

  14. Bushra Imtiaz says:

    What are the dosage instructions for the Pulsatilla 200ch? I am currently 37weeks 3 days and baby is breech. Doc says there is lots of room and baby is still very high. The bottle says to take 5 pellets 3 times a day but I am not sure. Is it 1 pellet just once or 5 pellets just once?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      The information regarding frequency is in the article and the number of pills is printed on the label of the bottle.

  15. Bushra Imtiaz says:

    According to the article Pulsatilla 200ch twice daily. And this should be continued until baby has turned?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Until the baby has turned or its ascertained that the baby cannot turn. Usually within a week or so.

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