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What if my baby is in breech position?


What is a breech position baby and what does this mean for your labour and delivery?

From around 36 weeks your doctor will begin to talk to you about the position your baby is lying in.

While the normal position is head down, also known as cephalic, occasionally a baby will settle into the bottom-first position, known as ‘breech’.

This can happen for a variety of reasons, including if you happen to have a small or unusual shaped uterus, a fibroid or low-lying placenta.

Research has shown that it is safer to deliver breech babies by Caesarean. However, this can be avoided by ‘turning’ the baby to a head down position; a medical procedure called external cephalic version (ECV), performed by an obstetrician at 37 weeks.

To quote international statistics, it’s successful in just under half of all attempts made in the UK.

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