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External Cephalic Version Risks
C/section: After a failed cephalic version the baby is typically delivered by c/section. An external cephalic version, where the doctor tries to turn a breech baby on its head is not without risk and is typically done in the OR with the entire c/section team present to be able to do an immediate c/section. ...Read more
An external cephalic version is turning the baby from breech presentation to the proper "head-first" presentation so that the mother may attempt a normal vaginal delivery. They are successful 50-60% of the time. External versions are performed in the hospital and the doctor will do an ultrasound first to make sure the baby hasn't turned head-first on its own. The baby is then turned after giving the mother a medication to relax the uterus. It can be uncomfortable but the patient can ask at any time to stop the procedure. Occasionally external versions are done under epidural anesthesia or even when a patient is in labor. An external version is best performed between 36 and 37 weeks when the baby is generally not as large and there is enough amniotic fluid to turn the baby. It is not performed prior to 36 weeks because of the small possibility of inducing labor ...Read more
Turning your baby: An external cephalic version is a procedure done by your obgyn to turn your baby from breech to cephalic (head first) position in hopes of attempting vaginal delivery thereafter. Ideally, it is performed from 37-38 weeks but varies depending on your doctor. Some try a little earlier and some will even try beyond 38 weeks. The procedure has risks that you should discuss at length with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is external cephalic version dangerous for baby or mom? Could it cause issues with unbiblical cord? I'm 36 weeks with a breech baby. Any advice?
Version aversion?: Version (turning a baby from a breech presentation to vertex (head down)) is not without risk. And you are correct; umbilical cord compression or kinking can occur. This is why your baby is monitored throughout the procedure. Version is not always successful, i.e., babies can flip back. And it may be uncomfortable. It can, however, increase your chance of having a vaginal delivery. Talk with doc! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why is external cephalic version contraindicated in transverse lie? Why do we offer caesarean section in pregnant woman with transverse lie? Thanks.
It's not: As long as specific criteria are met (nl fluid, nl NST, no placental problems, good vag del candidate, etc...) you're halfway there! An ECV in a good candidate with an experienced OB is a good option. Otherwise, you can't deliver vaginally with a transverse lie. You risk cord prolapse, malpresentation, or maternal & fetal injury. Listen to your OB, you might have a finding that prohibits it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On my 36 weeks scan it says baby is in Presentation Cephalic 1. What does it mean exactly? Is baby engaged already?
The head is down: The baby's head is facing down in your pelvis. ...Read more
Arm: The cephalic vein is found in the upper extremity. The vein extends in line with the base of the thumb, coursing up the forearm and upper arm just in front of the deltoid muscle. The cephalic vein dumps into the larger veins of the shoulder region. The cephalic vein is often visible in body builders as the large superficial vein which courses across the deltoid shoulder region. Popular for iv's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
32 weeks 5 days pregnant. Baby normal. Cephalic. Afi is foundout by usg is 10cm. Is this a normal value?
Yes: 5-25 cm defines normal afi.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Hi! Cephalic presentation means that the head is down which is the right position for a normal vaginal delivery. Since it's only 20th week, baby still has some room to move but most likely will not turn around. Your ob will continue monitoring baby's position because it's also important for the vertex (top of head) to be the presenting part. Good luck. ...Read more
What does this mean? Single alive intrauterine fetus in cephalic presentation spine right lateral?
Can you tell me about fetus cephalic presentation and placenta anterior low lying will I deliver before my due date?
Can a baby turn from cephalic to breech even after her head being engaged at 36wks? Hope she doesn't turn because she was footling up until 32wks!
Probably not: If the head is truly engaged in the pelvis as determined by your doctor, there is very little chance the baby will turn. It is common for babies to be breech until the third trimester. You will be examined well before labor upon starting labor to confirm cephalic presentation. ...Read more
Baby was footling breech since 24wks. Recently turned cephalic at 32wks yesterday. Is it likely she will stay that way till birth now? Wat can I do?
Be patient: A fetus assumes whatever position the uterus and chance allows, with more variability early and less as it approaches term. From now until term, increasing size forces less change in position as the uterine wall becomes stretched to accommodate baby. Although there is a chance she can still flip, it is less than earlier. There is little if anything you can do to influence the final position. ...Read more
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