Before birth, most babies are in the head down position, ready for labor. Some babies have their feet or buttocks in the birth canal instead-this presentation is called breech. At 28 weeks about a quarter of all babies are breech, but by full-term less than 5% are breech. Vaginal deliveries are not recommended for babies in the breech position.
At 36 weeks we will confirm that the baby’s head is down either by ultrasound. If the baby is breech, there are a few options. One is to wait and see if the baby turns on its own and if it does not the baby is born by planned cesarean section. Another option is to perform an “external cephalic version”. This procedure is done in the hospital and is an attempt to turn the baby head down by placing our hands on the abdomen and lifting/pushing the baby into position. We will help you make the decision that is best for you and your baby.