What are Your Breech Birth Options?

Dr. Heather Jenkins, MD, CCFP, discusses What are Your Breech Birth Options?

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Dr. Heather Jenkins, MD, CCFP, discusses What are Your Breech Birth Options?
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Featuring Dr. Heather Jenkins, MD, CCFP
Video Title: What are Your Breech Birth Options?
Duration: 1 minute, 59 seconds

If your baby's in a breech position, your care provider's probably going to want to talk to you about your options.

One of them certainly is speaking with a specialist about the question of is there a possibility of turning my baby around. This is certainly done in hospitals. It's typically done between 36 and 38 weeks of your pregnancy, and it's done under very supervised conditions to ensure that safety is a priority for everybody.

If you have a successful version; and what I mean by that is when the obstetrician has actually turned your child around - the best case situation would be the baby stays in that position. Sometimes they don't, though. If your baby does flip around and return to a breech position, then you're facing another decision about how best to give birth to this child.

Your options for a breech baby birth would include having an elective caesarean section. Many specialists advocate this as a safe way to deliver a baby in a breech position. This is particularly true if this is your first child.

The issue with that is that if you've had a baby before, and you pushed it out in the normal way, you've kind of proven that you can do it. If you're someone that's had several children already and have pushed them out nicely, particularly if they're nice large-size babies, the obstetrician might consider actually engaging you in a conversation about having a vaginal breech birth.

That is very dependent on the comfort level of your specialist, though. It also depends on your priorities for your labor, too. 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 are lots of resources to assist you, and 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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