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What happens when an external cephalic version (ECV) doesn't work?

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ECVs are a success about half the time. If your doctor can't get your baby to flip after the first attempt, she may try again after a week or so.

After an ECV, sometimes babies flip to the headfirst position, then flip back to breech. And sometimes breech babies flip on their own before birth, though the bigger they get, the less room there is to move.

Doctors deliver most breech babies by C-section. A vaginal birth may still be possible, depending on your health, your baby's health, and his position. Ask your doctor about your options.

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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