A Breech Birth - When Baby is Positioned Bum Down

Dr. Heather Jenkins, MD, CCFP, discusses A Breech Birth - When Baby is Positioned Bum Down

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Dr. Heather Jenkins, MD, CCFP, discusses A Breech Birth - When Baby is Positioned Bum Down
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Featuring Dr. Heather Jenkins, MD, CCFP

Duration: 1 minute, 47 seconds

Breech pregnancy is a type of position that the baby’s in where it’s not head down in the uterus. In fact, it’s bottom down in the bottom part of your uterus.

In fact, babies move around a lot, and they spend quite a bit of time in this position, which is okay, except for the time when you’re getting close to giving birth. Everybody likes a baby to be head down. If your baby is breech, what we’re talking about here is being in a bum-down position in the last month of your pregnancy.

For some reason, some babies just seem to fit more comfortably inside a woman’s uterus in a bum-down position as they approach their labor and during the delivery. This isn’t ideal. Care providers would prefer babies to be born head down.

Sometimes if there’s any question about what position your baby is in, your care provider will ask you to have an ultrasound leading up to labor to actually determine what position is your baby in. Breech births are challenging, and they’re different from a normal birth because the largest part of the baby is the head. In a normal delivery, when the baby’s coming down the birth canal head first, there is this assurance that if the head can make it out, the rest of the body will be delivered smoothly.

Unfortunately, for breech births you can deliver a lot of the baby before the largest part comes last. The worry is always that there’s going to be some difficulty in delivering the part of the baby that’s the last part, the head, which is the biggest. If you have any suspicion that your baby’s not in a head-down position, that you might have a breech baby, certainly your healthcare provider wants to hear about it, and you should talk to them.

There’s lots of resources to assist you. You should speak to your physician about how best to approach a breech birth, if that’s your circumstance.

Presenter: Dr. Heather Jenkins, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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