Breech Birth

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If your baby’s position cannot be corrected by the time you go into labor, it is likely that your doctor will perform a planned C-section.

Those of you who have watched TV shows or movies featuring labor scenes may be vaguely familiar with the term “breech position.” But how many of us really know what it means?

According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), most babies naturally move into delivery position several weeks before birth.

“Delivery position” means the baby’s head moves closer to the birth canal so the head can be delivered first. “Breech position” refers to a situation in which the baby does not move into delivery position, and is therefore positioned so the feet or buttocks will be delivered first.

Why does this matter? Most doctors will not deliver a baby in breech position vaginally, due to the possibility of complications to both mother and child. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the baby’s head is the largest part of his or her body, and if a baby in breech position is delivered feet first, the mother’s pelvis may not be large enough to deliver the head, too. Additionally, trying to deliver a breech baby vaginally may lead to umbilical cord damage, which reduces the baby’s oxygen supply, or cervical or vaginal tears for the mother.

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4 comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I have a friend who is 22 weeks and was told that her second child is lying breech. can any one give my suggestions on how to get baby to move?

  2. LIZ says:

    c section scare me so much

  3. Destiny says:

    i remember reading that rubbing certain essential oils on your belly can help your baby to move…im just not sure if it was frankincense or myrrh.

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