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Dr. Annette Fineberg
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Breech Delivery (Definition)

Breech is the word used to describe a baby that is positioned in the womb ...Read more


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No time soon do I plan to have baby #2 but, what are my chances of having a VBAC after a c-section due to a breech baby & Preeclampisa?

No time soon do I plan to have baby #2 but, what are my chances of having a VBAC after a c-section due to a breech baby & Preeclampisa?

Pretty good: The breech presentation is almost a sure c-section since the head is the largest body part to travel the birth canal & getting stuck is a disaster. Vaginal delivery after c-section is routine in most delivery centers but usually done with a surgical suite nearby if the need to switch to c-section becomes necessary. If your pelvic structure & baby size are normal this is likely to happen. ...Read more

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Is it always necessary to have a c-section if my baby is breech?

Is it always necessary to have a c-section if my baby is breech?

No: There is a procedure called an external cephalic version. An experienced physician uses his or her hands to gently move the baby into the correct position. A few years ago a medical study showed than vaginal breech delivery was more dangerous than a c section. Vaginal breech deliveries are not done often anymore. Ask if you are a candidate for external version. ...Read more

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Is a c-section safer then trying to physically turn a breech baby?

Is a c-section safer then trying to physically turn a breech baby?

Safer for baby.: There is no question that a prelabor cesarean section is safer for the fetus than attempted external cephalic version and trial of labor. Having said that, however, a cesarean section is slightly more dangerous for the mother than a successful vaginal delivery (one excess death per 10, 000 births), although one can never accurately predict which women will have a successful trial of labor. Talk 2ob. ...Read more

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If you have a breech baby, do you have them vaginally or c-section?

If you have a breech baby, do you have them vaginally or c-section?

Cesarean: Among breech babies, >50% switch to cephalic at 32wks, and it even happens at 38wks spontaneously. OBGYNs can perform a VERSION to flip baby at term, but DON'T TRY @ HOME. All breech babies should be delivered via C-Section b/c the risk of vaginal delivery is too great (head entrapment and fetal death due to cord compression). Only in RARE situations are vaginal deliveries performed. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a breech baby turning on her own at 36 weeks? If she does not turn, when is the earliest a csection will be scheduled?

What are the chances of a breech baby turning on her own at 36 weeks? If she does not turn, when is the earliest a csection will be scheduled?

If it is your 1st: It could but not probable, if it is breech an elective csection for the breech is scheduled at 39 weeks the earliest or is done if u go into labor or your water breaks before then please discuss with your ob. ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 months, I had csection w/ her due to her being a breech baby. Can I try vbac? There might be a possibility that I might be pregnant.

My daughter is 9 months, I had csection w/ her due to her being a breech baby. Can I try vbac? There might be a possibility that I might be pregnant.

You can try,: I would recommend waiting until your daughter's first birthday to attempt future pregnancies. You should talk to your obstetrician about trial of labor after cesarean section (tolac), taking into account that the risks associated with it can only be offset by future pregnancies. If you want only one more pregnancy I would recommend repeat cesarean section and bilateral tubal ligation (btl). ...Read more

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What happens if your baby is both extremely large and breech, is it safer to have him naturally or by c-section?

What happens if your baby is both extremely large and breech, is it safer to have him naturally or by c-section?

You decide: The head is part with the largest dimension that needs to transit the birth canal. In practice, if the feet come first, there is no guarantee that the head will. (they can & do get stuck) If head first, feet and umbilical cord come after with plenty of room. Feet first, the head can also compress the umbilical cord like a tourniquet so baby gets no oxygen= likely brain damage. Answer should be ez ...Read more

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When will a c-section be necessary if baby is breech?

When will a c-section be necessary if baby is breech?

Yes if version fails: Among breech babies, >50% switch to cephalic at 32wks, and it even happens at 38wks spontaneously. OBGYNs can perform a VERSION to flip baby at term, but DON'T TRY @ HOME. All breech babies should be delivered via C-Section b/c the risk of vaginal delivery is too great (head entrapment and fetal death due to cord compression). Only in RARE situations are vaginal deliveries performed. ...Read more

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At 37+4wks what’s the likelihood of baby turning head down from Breech? Planned c-section at 38wks but wish baby turns so I can vaginally deliver

At 37+4wks what’s the likelihood of baby turning head down from Breech? Planned c-section at 38wks but wish baby turns so I can vaginally deliver

Breech at 37 weeks: It is very unlikely for the baby to turn to cephalic positioning at 37 weeks without a OB MD external version which many will not attempt so as not to cause the umbilical cord to wrap around the baby's neck as the baby is "engaged" in the pelvis already. Plan on your C/section at 38 weeks and hopefully enjoy a healthy baby. Good Luck! . ...Read more

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I'm 19 weeks and 2 days and my baby is in a breech position will I have o get a c-section or can I deliver vaginal?

I'm 19 weeks and 2 days and my baby is in a breech position will I have o get a c-section or can I deliver vaginal?

Too soon to tell: You've got a long way to go yet and this baby has lots of time to get him or herself turned around. Just relax and have fun. Enjoy your pregnancy. This issue can be addressed if necessary closer to due date. ...Read more

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33+3wks pregnant. Baby Breech oblique longitudinal. Placenta low lying 2cm. Risks? Chances of c-section high? Prem labor chances?

33+3wks pregnant. Baby Breech oblique longitudinal. Placenta low lying 2cm. Risks? Chances of c-section high? Prem labor chances?

33+ wks with breech: With a breech presentation, your ob provider could turn the fetus into a vertex, making the likelihood of a vaginal delivery increase. Most would choose to elect induction after "version" of the fetus to vertex at about 39 weeks of pregnancy. Low lying placenta does not affect potential for vaginal delivery. If the fetus is not converted to a "head down" position, a C/S is likely the safest. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to make a breech baby turn on it's own?

What is the most effective way to make a breech baby turn on it's own?

Patience: About 95% of babies will be in a vertex (head down) presentation at the time of labor. At 32 to 34 weeks about one third are breech, most will turn before labor. After 35 weeks the chance that the baby will turn is decreasing - the only thing that has been shown to increase the likelihood of a breech baby turning is for the woman to assume a knee chest position for fifteen each day. ...Read more

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Are there ways to shift a breech baby before birth?

Are there ways to shift a breech baby before birth?

Moxibustion: I wanted to add a traditional chinese medicine option to the excellent ideas provided by dr. Collins & dr. Livingston. Moxibustion (heated mugworth)is applied to major acupuncture points to assist the baby in moving from a breech position to a head down position. This site explains: http://www.Pregnancy.Com. Au/birth-choices/breech-birth/moxibustion-for-breech-presentation. Shtml. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about delivering a breech baby vaginally?

Can you tell me about delivering a breech baby vaginally?

Very risky: Among breech babies, >50% switch to cephalic at 32wks, and it even happens at 38wks spontaneously. OBGYNs can perform a VERSION to flip baby at term, but DON'T TRY @ HOME. All breech babies should be delivered via C-Section b/c the risk of vaginal delivery is too great (head entrapment and fetal death due to cord compression). Only in RARE situations are vaginal deliveries performed. ...Read more

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Does having a breech baby mean something is wrong with her?

Does having a breech baby mean something is wrong with her?

Possibly.: Term refuses that are breech have a 30% greater risk of genetic/anatomical anomalies. Other causes of breech presentation in labor: uterine anomalies, fibroids, polyhydramnios, fetal goiter. ...Read more