Is the baby facing the mother's front, or her back?
Next, feel the mother's abdomen for a large, hard shape (the baby's back). If you can feel it (Figure 11.2a), the baby is facing the mother's back. If you cannot feel the baby's back, feel for a lot of small lumps (Figure 11.2b). If you feel a lot of small lumps instead of a large, hard shape, it probably means that you are feeling the baby's arms and legs, which tell you that it is facing the mother's front.