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How does external cephalic version (ECV) work?

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Your baby's heartbeat will be monitored for about a half-hour before the ECV. In some cases, you may get medicine through an IV to relax your uterus. This won't affect your baby.

Then, by pressing her hands on the outside of your belly, your doctor will try to turn your baby. The goal is to get your baby to do a little flip in your womb and finish up head-down.

Your doctor may use an ultrasound to check your baby's position and guide the process.

From: What Is External Cephalic Version? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Pregnancy Birth & Baby: "External cephalic version (ECV)."

Mayo Clinic: "Fetal presentation before birth."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "If Your Baby Is Breech."

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: "Turning a breech baby in the womb (external cephalic version)."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Pregnancy Birth & Baby: "External cephalic version (ECV)."

Mayo Clinic: "Fetal presentation before birth."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "If Your Baby Is Breech."

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: "Turning a breech baby in the womb (external cephalic version)."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2018

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