June 7, 2021

05 Turn Baby Turn. Breech Babies. Vaginal Breech and External Cephalic Version (ECV)

05 Turn Baby Turn. Breech Babies. Vaginal Breech and External Cephalic Version (ECV)

Everything Breech Babies. Vertex vs. Breech. Different types of Breech. And which Breech Deliveries are Safe for Vaginal Deliveries (hint: it's more than you think)


Breech babies (or butt first) account for about 3% of babies at term. In this episode Dr. Abdelhak and Kristin take a comprehensive look at breech birth, including how to choosing the best route for delivery and then prepare for that type of birth.  One of the most widely used techniques is an external cephalic version. 

External cephalic version (ECV) is the name given to a procedure in which the fetus is rotated through the mother's belly from a non head-down position to a vertex or cephalic presentation (aka headfirst).  Typically, if this procedure is necessary, it is done on a woman who is not in labor and many OB/GYNs will opt to utilize a myriad of different strategies to relax the abdomen such as anesthesia and tocolytics (medications that discourage the uterus from contracting).  The goal of utilizing the ECV is to get the baby into a head-down position as this is the favored position for labor (but not the only one). 

True Birth is all about giving women and their supporters information about how to choose the best births for their unique and special situations. While no two breech babies are alike, we've given you some great tips and truths to help you make pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood an empowered, educated experienced. 

Join us this week as we discuss breech babies, why they happen and how to deliver them, ECV, vaginal breech and cesarean births for breech birth. 

 

Check out this link to the different types of breech

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