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What is cephalic version (ECV)?

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When you're pregnant, most babies will get into a headfirst -- or cephalic -- position toward the opening of your birth canal around the 36-week mark.

But some babies -- about 4% -- are breech, which means they're set up to come out bottom or feet first. That makes a vaginal birth more difficult. Your doctor may suggest turning your baby into the headfirst position with a procedure called an external cephalic version (ECV).

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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