operation flip that baby: feeling thankful for the Chinese.

January 27, 2012, Michaela Evanow, 5 Comments

At my Blessingway, I received a lot of pearls for my birthing necklace. I loved pearls in the first place, but now I really love them! Pearls are formed under great pressure, constantly rubbed and shaped inside the womb of the oyster. And the end result is a precious gem of great beauty. I suppose this season of pregnancy at nearly 35 weeks, is just another rubbing raw session, where my spirit grows in strength and I learn a greater dependance on the King, rather than myself.

I don’t think I truly realized how intense it would be to send my body and heart and soul through the journey of pregnancy. Some women do have it easy. And bless them for it! They may not notice a lot of symptoms, may not gain more than 20lbs, may never feel sick enough to cry, may never have achy bones and joints and muscle spasms. I suppose I was partially ready for the battle, since I knew my spine was full of titanium, and there was bound to be some aches and pains associated with that. In any case, it’s beginning: Operation Flip that Baby! I am feeling full of hope today, and from this day forth. I’ve come to terms with it, and am feeling that ferocious urge to fight rise up within me.

The list of techniques and therapies for turning baby girl grows each day. So far, I’ve attempted many things, and I’ll share them with you, including the not so common ones.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

Yesterday, I had an acupuncture treatment at Poke Community Acupuncture.

They don’t specifically treat breech babies with needles, but with moxibustion, which is done at home. I did however have a needle treatment, for other purposes–SI joint pain, IT band pain, nausea, stress, etc.

I purchased moxi sticks the day I found out she was breech, and have been burning them every night. A moxa stick is a cigar like stick, that’s hard and black. It’s mugwort, a somewhat potent herb that kind of stinks. I purchased the smokeless kind. What you do is burn the moxa stick, making sure it’s glowing and hot, right beside the pinky toe, by the nail bed. You should feel the warmth of the moxa stick on each toe for 20 minutes (5 minutes each side). I can’t do this by myself (I have tried) so we only do it once a day, although it should be done twice a day.

Mugwort is used in Chinese medicine and has a long history of use in folk medicine. Research has shown that it acts as an emmenagogue, an agent that increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus. This is said to cause the baby to turn, towards the heat. It does have high success rates, even though Jay thinks it’s weirder than weird. The first time he tried it he looked at my belly and said, “baby, you better turn, your mama is burning weird Chinese herbs at her toes for you! We love you, now turn!”

Back to Poke. It was the most amazing experience! It’s done in a communal setting, which, if you like people, is very therapeutic. I loved watching everyone from business men, to hippies, to other pregnant women, to those in wheelchairs get treatment. It was really special. They also charge on a sliding scale, from $20-40 a treatment. You pay what you can afford. Incredible. Normally acupuncture treatments will set you back $100-150! Once the needles are in place you can stay as long as you want! Some people nap for 2-3 hours. They practice with tiny needles, and don’t pinpoint the exact area of pain, but the referral points. I was on a cozy recliner, in a room decorated in creamy yellows and whites, with big paper lanterns strewn about. It smelled faintly of lemongrass, clean and warming. There were green plants and a few candles burning, and a delightful selection of music, from the Amelie soundtrack to instrumental guitar and sitars. The room was pulled right off the pages of Apartment Therapy, very appealing to look at.

The acupuncturist spoke in whispers to everyone she treated. Most people fell asleep. After she put one in between my eyes, I feel this incredible tingling, similar to the feeling one gets when your hair is played with. It was instant happiness. And let me tell you, I was a bit skeptical. However, I do have a healthy respect for Chinese medicine, since I encapsulate placentas. In the end, I was there for over an hour, and it felt like minutes. Baby girl moved a lot, which is great and very normal during a treatment.

Go to Poke. Come with me! It’s amazing.

Next post in Operation Flip that Baby! Homeopathy and hot, hot, hot, hot heat.


  • Reply Jack Nash (father) January 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Michaela, you are the real deal baby… I love the way you and Jay are responding to this. You are wise beyond your years… Love Dad…

  • Reply Miriam January 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Okay, so my one time experience with acupuncture was good, not bad, but it was comical. I wasn’t told you shouldn’t move, and I moved. I was in a room by myself and in the most excruciating pain because I moved and two of the needles were out of place wreaking havoc. Luckily there was a counselling session happening on the other side of the wall from me, so I knocked on the wall “help… can someone help me?” Lol. The practitioner came back and rescued me and all was well. This was to get my uterus to contract some remaining “product” after birth. Anyway, Poke sounds pretty cool…

    • Reply Michaela. January 27, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Ha! I can just picture that. They use the tiny needles that are short and don’t go in very deep at all do it’s much less scary. I was moving to whole time!

  • Reply Kali January 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Sounds like a great experience! I know Victoria has a sliding scale acupuncture group setting as well but I haven’t tried it- maybe this baby?

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