Breech Position and Breech Birth - Topic Overview
You also can ask your doctor if you can try certain positions at home
that may help turn your baby. There is no research to prove that this works,
but it’s not harmful. It may work for you.
It’s normal to feel
disappointed and worried about a breech pregnancy, especially if the doctor has
tried to turn the baby without success. But most breech babies are healthy and
do not have problems after birth. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about
your baby’s health.
How is a breech baby delivered safely?
Most of the
time a planned cesarean delivery (C-section) is safest for the baby. But
sometimes it is possible to have a planned vaginal delivery with a breech
birth. Talk to your doctor about how to have the safest delivery for your
If you are using a midwife and your baby is in breech
position, your midwife will refer you to a doctor for an external cephalic version or a scheduled C-section.
No matter what position a baby is in, every labor
and delivery is unique. Even though you and your doctor have a birth plan for
labor and delivery, plans can change. If something unexpected happens, your
doctor may need to make some quick decisions to keep you and your baby
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