is a breech birth?
breech birth is the delivery of an unborn baby bottom
your 36th week your baby is so large that it can`t move
around, so whatever position it has assumed by this
point is likely to be the same position that he or she
will be in when labour begins. Most babies settle into
the birth position. (Upside down in the uterus). But
some babies settle in the breech position. (Bottom in
the uterus, legs are folded in front of it`s body.)
biggest part of the fetus's body is usually its head.
If the head fits through the mother's pelvis, then the
rest of the baby`s body should slip out fairly easily.
If the baby is born bottom first, it is possible that
the body will fit through the mother's pelvis, but the
baby's head will get stuck at the level of the chin.
This condition, known as a trapped head, is very dangerous.
the baby's head gets trapped, the possibility of injury
is high. Once the baby's body is born, the umbilical
cord usually stops pulsating (just as it would during
a normal delivery). This cuts off the oxygen supply
from the mother to the baby. If the baby's head is still
inside the uterus the baby cannot yet breathe on its
own. Therefore, it is essential to deliver the baby
as quickly as possible.
risks of vaginal breech delivery can be avoided by delivering
the baby through a cesarean section.
will I know if my baby is in the breech position?
are generally no identifiable symptoms. However, some
women can tell the position of the baby by where they
feel it kicking. Most women cannot tell what position
the baby is in at any given moment.
doctor or midwife will be able to tell the position
of your baby by feeling it through the wall of your
abdomen. Another clue to the position is the location
where the heartbeat is heard best.
only way to really be sure, however, is to do an ultrasound
exam. Using this technique it is very easy to tell the
position of your baby.
section is the most common way to deliver a breech baby.
This surgical procedure carries more risk for the mother,
but many women prefer to take the risk of surgery on
themselves rather than let the baby face the risks of
vaginal birth. This should only be attempted if ultrasound
shows that the baby is in a favorable breech position.
Most babies will do very well during a breech delivery,
but it is always possible that the baby will be injured.
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