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Breech Turning

Baby Bump: Breech Turning Procedure

Some women carrying breech babies (babies positioned feet down in the womb) who don't want a c–section delivery, often want to try to flip the baby into the easier head down birthing position.

To see what the "flipping" procedure involves,


Medically speaking, external cephalic version is defined as:

A procedure used to turn a fetus from a breech position or side-lying (transverse) position into a head-down (vertex) position before labor begins.

During this procedure, doctors try to flip the baby while the uterus is relaxed. Using both hands, the doctor attempts to turn the baby by placing one hand by the fetus's head and the other by the rear. An external technique, women often experience pain and bruising as the medic typically has to use quite a bit of force for the version to occur. However, many women feel the pain is worth it if they can experience a "normal" vaginal birth.

According to WebMD, version is only successful about 58 percent of the time.


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leafgirl leafgirl 9 years
Had it done with my first kid. While not the most pleasant experiance, it was way better then delivering breech or having a c-section. Of course the woman screaming down the hall because she WAS delivering breech and refused to have a cesarian was really great incentive to suffer through the doc's shoving the baby around.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
My son was "breach" (I think that it was too early to be calling him that) and my OB kept telling me I was going to have a c-section. My mom told me to put baby blocks under the foot of my mattress (on at each edge of the mattress) and that the baby can feel the difference in elevation and will turn around thinking your feet are up. The second night I laid down on my bed I felt him kicking up a storm in there and I felt him turn around! He stayed that way the rest of my pregnancy. There are other things you can do like some yoga positions.
Mishell Mishell 9 years
I have read that they have a very high siccess rate at turning babies with hypnosis.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
anniekim, I know exactly what you're talking about. My chiropractor has has lots of success turning babies around. I actually go to a chiropractor once a week more to help my hip joints and lower back, but also to keep that baby going in the right direction. ;)
luckyme luckyme 9 years
My daughter was breech late in my pregnancy and I was so worried we were going to have to do this. Luckily, I was able to get her flipped around with some exercises and ice, believe it or not. In reality, she was probably just ready to flip on her own. I do like to give myself credit for it though ;).
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
I had twin that where breech and that would not have been posible to do. Plus I think is it dangerus for the bady.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I've referenced this before, but both acupuncture and chiropractic have an excellent track record in turning breech babies without the pain. More expensive, though, as most insurance won't pay.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
I wouldn't recommend it. I had to attempted twice, and it was the most painful thing I have ever been through and it didn't work. Most of the time its two doctors pushing as hard as they can on your stomach and it can break your water or send you into labor.
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