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Breech Position

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Breech Position
From around 36 weeks your midwife will start to talk about the position your baby is lying in.

The usual position is head down (cephalic) but occasionally a baby will settle into the bottom-first position known as 'breech'. This can happen to anyone but is more common if you have a small or unusual shaped uterus, a fibroid or low-lying placenta.

Many babies adopt a breech position during pregnancy and later turn around but some babies are 'stubborn 'and stay in the breech position! Obviously then your midwife will discuss with you, the best, safest way for you to deliver your baby.

Latest available research has shown that it is safer to deliver breech babies by Caesarean. This can be avoided however by 'turning' the baby, a medical procedure called external cephalic version (ECV), performed by an obstetrician usually with ultra-sound. It's successful in just under half of all attempts made in the UK.
A planned elective-caesarean is likely to be the best way forward!

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