Breech Position And Breech Birth

Breech Position And Breech Birth
Breech Position And Breech Birth


The best position for your baby inside your uterus at the time of delivery is head down. This position makes it easier and safer for your baby to pass through the birth canal.

In the last weeks of pregnancy, your health care provider will check to see what position your baby is in.

If your baby’s position does not feel normal, you may need an ultrasound. If the ultrasound shows your baby is breech, your provider will talk with you about your options for safe delivery.

In breech position, the baby’s bottom is down. There are a few types of breech:

  • Complete breech means the baby is bottom-first, with knees bent.

  • Frank breech means the baby’s legs are stretched up, with feet near the head.

  • Footling breech means one leg is lowered over the mother’s cervix.

You are more likely to have a breech baby if you:

  • Go into early labor

  • Have an abnormally shaped uterus, fibroids, or too much amniotic fluid

  • Have more than one baby in your womb

  • Have placenta previa (when the placenta is on the lower part of the uterine wall, blocking the cervix)


Courtesy of MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine