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Breech Presentation

When the baby enters the birth canal with the buttocks or feet first as opposed to the normal head first presentation.

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Breech Vaginal Birth – Can it Be Done? I was born feet first back in the days where all breech births were considered ‘normal’ and women were allowed to labor and deliver vaginally. Unfortunately today 99% of all breech babies are delivered via cesarean and two weeks before their due date as with all cesarean deliveries adding significant risks to mom and babe. There are several natural techniques to turn your baby around (read this,) and hypnotherapy has been known to be a very …
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Usually a few weeks before birth, most babies will move into delivery position, with their head moving near the birth canal. If this does not happen, the baby's buttocks and/or feet, will be in place to be delivered first. This is called a breech presentation. Breech births occur in about 1 of 25 full-term births.

The different types of breech presentations -

    * Frank breech: The fetus' buttocks are aimed toward the birth canal and the legs stick straight up in front of the body. The feet are near the head.

    * Complete breech: The buttocks are down, with the legs folded at the knees and the feet near the buttocks.

    * Footling breech: One or both of the fetus' feet are pointing down and will come out first.

The causes of breech presentations are not fully known. However, a breech birth is more common :

    * In subsequent pregnancies

    * In pregnancies of multiples

    * When there is history of premature delivery

    * When the uterus has too much or too little amniotic fluid

    * In an abnormal shaped uterus or a uterus with abnormal growths, such as fibroids.

    * For women with placenta previa

A few weeks prior to the due date, the health care provider may place his/her hands on the mother's lower abdomen to locate the baby's head, back, and buttocks. If they think the baby is in a breech position, an ultrasound may be used to ...

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