Breech Position and Breech Birth - Topic Overview
How is breech position treated? continued...
You also can ask your doctor if you can try certain positions at home
that may help turn your baby. This is called postural management. 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
don't have problems after birth. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about
your baby's health.
How is a breech baby delivered safely?
In most cases, a planned cesarean delivery (C-section) is safest for the baby. If your fetus is still in a 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