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ECV. Tell me about your experiences please.

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Inglori0us Thu 13-Mar-14 08:14:37

How long does it take? My midwife has said it'll be done by a doctor on Labour Ward. The NHS website says it's "uncomfortable". Does this mean it hurts like hell?
Any experiences would be great to hear.

Flixy102 Thu 13-Mar-14 08:45:06

I'd be interested in hearing about this too, I'm pretty sure I'm actually going to decline the ECV but if anyone can give me positive experiences I'd be grateful!

kiwiscantfly Thu 13-Mar-14 08:49:55

I had one, and tbh I hated it and it was really painful, the most painful thing I've ever done, but then again I've not been in actual labour. Baby didn't move after one go and my DH said that's it no more. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. DD was fine, her heart beat didn't even move!

kiwiscantfly Thu 13-Mar-14 08:50:25

PS sorry I wasn't helpful.

justaweeone Thu 13-Mar-14 08:56:49

I had one done 16 years ago. It was done by my consultant on the delivery suite. It worked and was at most just a bit uncomfortable .
Good luck in whatever you choose. X

I know they can work perfectly well sometimes (50% I think?) but I have been put off by anything I've read about people's experiences.

If you search for thread titles containing ECV you'll find a few positive and negative stories but this thread is one I particularly remember. I'm sorry for linking to something potentially upsetting but it is informative.

littone Thu 13-Mar-14 09:48:43

I had one done. Performed by a consultant in a delivery room, which is standard here. I had to bring bags etc in case baby got distressed and needed EMCS. Consultant said she had never had to go to an EMCS and baby was monitored for 20 mins before and after. No pain at all, took 5 minutes. Was my second baby so tummy muscles were softer, I understand its less likely to work for first time mums. Glad I had it done. X

Notrightnowww Thu 13-Mar-14 10:23:57

I had a successful ECV a few years ago. Was in a delivery room on labour ward for a few hours. Had a scan to check breech position, 30 mins monitoring and some drugs (injection I think) to relax the uterus. Then a consultant and registrar turned dc - it took all 4 hands and maybe 20 mins hands on time.

Another scan and another 30 mins or so monitoring.

The stats I was told were that 50% are successful, but then half of the successful ones flip back, so actually about 25% success. I was certainly known as 'the one who had a successful ECV' by every doc and midwife thereafter, so I don't think the success rate was v high at my hospital!

It wasn't sore, just uncomfortable. However, after delivering dc I found there had been some problems (incl my waters never breaking knowingly, so maybe slowly leaking, and there were signs of infection). I'll never know if any of these things were related to the ECV, but I decided I wouldn't have one again.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

diamondlizard Thu 13-Mar-14 10:32:10

Personally I wouldn't have one, you need to be fully informed of all the risks
I would have a cs

Inglori0us Thu 13-Mar-14 11:53:26

Thanks everyone.
Got another growth scan next week then I'll decide. I really don't want a CS but will have it if advised to.
This is my second baby so I think it's slightly more likely to be successful.
Any more stories/opinions gratefully received.

diamondlizard Thu 13-Mar-14 13:00:37

Did you see postman pats link ?
Didn't want you to miss that

Bexleymum Thu 13-Mar-14 13:27:04

I had an ECV, I didn't find it too painful and there were no lasting effects. But it was unsuccessful (my daughters bottom was engaged, she wasn't going anywhere). Having been through the process if I was in the same situation again I wouldn't have one. Not worth the risk, and the CS wasn't as bad as I had feared.

JuniperTisane Thu 13-Mar-14 14:10:08

This is my experience 3 years ago which I've just cut and pasted from my antenatal thread:

"The ECV was a success!! Dont know why I was so worried last night and this morning. Was brutal though, my tummy feels like I've just done 10 rounds with Tyson.

They put a CTG monitor on me for about half an hour whilst the Terbutaline injection to relax my uterine muscles took effect. When it was time to start they tilted the bed slightly head-down and then the lovely specialist registrar, with the assistance of the midwife, under the consultant's guidance, scanned to check position. Sure enough he was still breech, legs extended.

Then she started kneading my tummy just like it was dough, starting at the bottom, alternating with the head. Its very physical, she was standing up sweating with the effort of pushing his little bottom out of my pelvis and holding it there whilst she checked on the monitor. She just kept going for about 10 minutes, inching him round to transverse, then finally to cephalic.

I'm so glad DH was there holding my hand, because even though i'm not squeamish and have a quite high tolerance for pain, I lay there head turned away, tears in my eyes, from the force she needed to use to get the little bugger to move!

Now I'm home with strict instructions not to do anything strenuous and try to keep upright for a few hours to make sure he doesn't turn back round. I think I will have a bruise or two tomorrow, but it was completely worth it."

Inglori0us Thu 13-Mar-14 14:24:44

Just read the sad story (and wish I hadn't tbh). I work for Nhs and I'm aware how risk averse we are. I feel such sadness for anyone suffering a loss, but there's always some element of risk to all procedures. I do not think the very sad outcome is representative of the procedure as a whole. I have a higher risk of haemmorage due to a clotting disorder so CS is more dangerous to me than the average woman.
I spoke to a midwife friend who has said ECV is done differently to how it was years ago and the baby is closely monitored.
I have no idea what to do.
Thank you again for comments. I really appreciate you all taking the time to reply. x

Inglori0us Thu 13-Mar-14 14:26:42

Thanks Juniper glad it worked for you.

RawCoconutMacaroon Thu 13-Mar-14 14:28:31

Just my opinion. There is no way I would consent to this procedure, I'd rather progress straight to a CS if required.

You do know you don't have to consent to this, or any other medical procedure OP? If you feel, having read around the subject, that you rather make another choice (attempt breech delivery, have an elective CS), tell your consultant that. It is your choice, not theirs.

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 13-Mar-14 14:29:44

Mine was fine. Not the most pleasant experience but not painful or grossly uncomfortable. I didn't even have the injection.

It did set things off that evening though.

Inglori0us Thu 13-Mar-14 15:55:21

Yes I know I don't have to consent. I'm just canvassing opinion. As I said,

Inglori0us Thu 13-Mar-14 15:58:37

Sorry, posted too soon.
As I said earlier, I'm higher risk for cs and would also have a longer than normal recovery time which would involve a lot of outpatient care, which with a newborn and a 2 yo would be very difficult!
Thanks again for taking the time to post. Much appreciated.

Inglori0us Thu 13-Mar-14 15:59:24

Glad to hear another good outcome Giles. smile

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