Breech Position and Breech Birth - Topic Overview
How is a breech baby delivered safely?
In most cases, a planned cesarean delivery (C-section) is safest for the baby. If your fetus stays in or returns to breech position near your due date, your doctor will likely schedule a cesarean. If you are using a midwife, your midwife will refer you to a doctor for a scheduled C-section.
In rare cases, a cesarean breech birth may not be recommended or even possible. For instance, if a breech labor progresses too quickly, a vaginal birth may be the only option. During a twin birth in which the first twin is head-down and the second twin is breech, both babies may best be delivered vaginally.3
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