Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Risk Factors Evaluation Treatment c-section external version Outlook Underlying Cause Types

Breech Delivery Treatment

Treatment for breech delivery is directed toward ensuring safe delivery of the fetus. The doctor may attempt to reposition the fetus before term, in order to move the fetus out of the breech position. However, Cesarean section is the preferred way to deliver a fetus that is in breech position. During a Cesarean section, the doctor makes an incision in the abdomen, and delivers the infant through the incision, rather than through the vagina. If the infant is delivered through the vagina, great care is undertaken, in order to reduce the chance of injury to the infant and mother.

Treatment for a breech delivery may include:

  • External version for breech delivery:
    • Turning the fetus in the womb to reposition the body
  • Cesarean section for breech delivery
  • Vaginal delivery for breech presentation

Breech Delivery C-Section

A breech baby may be delivered vaginally. In some cases, a cesarean section or C-section must be performed. In this procedure, the baby is removed from the uterus after making an incision in the mother's abdomen.

Breech Delivery External Version

External version turns the baby to a normal, head down position. This can be accomplished between 30 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Risks of this procedure include premature rupture of the membranes and placental abruption.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Breech Delivery References
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