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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Footling Breech Presentation (Overview)

Baby born with foot(s) as presenting part.


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What sort of disorder is a footling breech presentation at delivery?

What sort of disorder is a footling breech presentation at delivery?

Malposition: If the baby's foot is in position to be the first thing to come out of the vagina — it is in a footling breech presentation. The safest way to deliver in that case is a cesarean delivery. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
3 doctors shared insights

Footling Breech Presentation (Overview)

Baby born with foot(s) as presenting part.


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What sort of disorder is a footling breech presentation at delivery?

Malposition: If the baby's foot is in position to be the first thing to come out of the vagina — it is in a footling breech presentation. The safest way to deliver in that case is a cesarean delivery. ...Read more

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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?

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 than 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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What is footling breech fetal position?

What is footling breech fetal position?

Bottom 1st-foot xtnd: The footling breech position is an unusual one. The bottom faces the birth canal (head up at the top of the uterus), & usually one leg is extended into the birth canal. ...Read more

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Why would a fetus turn to footling breech?

Why would a fetus turn to footling breech?

Breech: A small percentage of fetus' r breech in the 3rd trimester. Presentation is based on fetal movement. Sometimes a baby is breech because the bony structure of the pelvis is contracted and never allows the fetal head to become engaged in the women's pelvis. ...Read more

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Footling breech at 30 weeks. What are chances of her changing to cephalic? I have sme minor uterine synechiae near my cervix n scarring in cervix? :(

Depends- what did : Your doctor say? In some cases, 'going on all fours' meaning a position that looks similar to doing the cat/or dog yoga position (without arching your back) on hands and knees will belly hanging down, can allow the fetus to have enough potential space to rearrange itself, its own positioning in the womb to not be breech, not necessarily an old wive's tale. Other times, u need the doctor to assist. ...Read more

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29wks pregnant and have an inert fear that bubs cord will prolapse/get stuck and i won't know. She is footling breech and anterior placenta? Scared :(

Bag of water: Cord prolapse is a known complication of a footling breech presentation but the bag of water must be broken for this to happen. You could ask your doctor if there is any reason to suspect that you would be at risk for preterm labor or preterm rupture of membranes. Many babies are breech at 29 weeks with only a tiny percent staying that way at term. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 38 weeks pregnant and discovered at 37 weeks baby is footling breech. Had scan whichtop too. Any way to identify babys position?

What to do if I'm 38 weeks pregnant and discovered at 37 weeks baby is footling breech. Had scan whichtop too. Any way to identify babys position?

Exam: Your OB will be able to determine this through physical exam. Just keep your next appointment. Call the office to confirm when he or she wants to see you again. ...Read more

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28wks pregnant. Found out at ob appt today baby is footling breech. Ob wants to monitor cervix fortnightly. Is this dangerous? Scared of cord prolapse?

OK to monitor: Though I wouldn't be so concerned about your cervix unless it were open or if there were concern about preterm labor, it is reasonable to regularly see your obstetrician for prenatal care. Ultrasounds to evaluate your baby's position and switch from breech to cephalic are important and just b/c it's breech now doesn't mean it'll be breech later. See your doctor ASAP if you have pain/discharge. ...Read more

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30wks pregnant. Been havin to urinate more recently bubs footling breech n often feel her kickin my bladder. No UTI symptoms. Just peeing more Normal?

30wks pregnant. Been havin to urinate more recently bubs footling breech n often feel her kickin my bladder. No UTI symptoms. Just peeing more Normal?

Frequency: Even if the baby wasn't breech you would likely have more urinary frequency and urgency as the amount of urine your bladder can fill before feeling full is less. If however you get blood in the urine or burning assume it may be a UTI and call your OB ...Read more

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Is a breech presentation considered a labor complication?

Play on words: You could consider it a challenge or a complication depending on the setting. If baby was head down all pregnancy & came in for delivery as breech, I'd consider it a complicating factor to what may have been a simpler delivery. Since the head is the largest body part to deliver, bottom out kids can get stuck so C-section is often necessary but a surprise. Breech deliveries are more of a challange. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Breech presentation?

Breech delivery: Breech presentation is defined as a fetus with the buttocks or feet closest to the cervix at the birth. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having a breech presentation for my second child if my first child was breech?

What are the chances of having a breech presentation for my second child if my first child was breech?

It's increased: Some study showed, that the rate of breech recurrence in a second consecutive pregnancy was 9.9%, and in a third consecutive pregnancy (after two prior breech deliveries) was 27.5%. The relative risk of breech recurrence in a second pregnancy was 3.2 (95% ci 2.8–3.6), and in a third consecutive breech pregnancy was 13.9 (95% ci 8.8–22.1). ...Read more

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How does a breech presentation affect labor and delivery?

How does a breech presentation affect labor and delivery?

Cesarean section: In this country, most breech presentations are delivered by cesarean section. The risks to the baby during a vaginal delivery are too high and most physcians, myself included, are no longer have the skills for a vaginal breech delivery. ...Read more

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What to do for normal delivery when baby breech presentation at the 9th month?

What to do for normal delivery when baby breech presentation at the 9th month?

Confusing question: If you want a baby with high risk of cerebral palsy or worse, sign the waver accepting full responsibility & insist on a vaginal delivery for a full term breach baby. The judge can review it during the trial if they go after your other kids. The normal delivery for a full term breech baby is a C-section. ...Read more

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Is breech presentation corrected if the mother assumes a knee-chest posture?

Breech: Before labor, having mom assume a knee-chest position may help to turn the baby from the breech position to a head first position. But it doesn't always work. ...Read more

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There is single active intrauterine fetus with Breech presentation. Fetal body movement and cardiac activity are present. What does.it.mean?

Breech: This means your baby is in the uterus, butt first, the baby is alive and doing well. The only issue here is, if you are near your due date and the baby is breech (butt first), you will likely need a cesarean section unless you opt for a version, a procedure to flip the baby from butt to head first, then you can deliver vaginally. If you are early on the baby changes position all the time. ...Read more

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My wife is 37 week pregnant with hypothyroid, breech presentation and high blood pressure. Should we go for cesarean before 40th week. Please suggest.

My wife is 37 week pregnant with hypothyroid, breech presentation and high blood pressure. Should we go for cesarean before 40th week. Please suggest.

Depends: Given that the baby is breech, it would likely already be recommended your wife have a cesarean section. However, given the high blood pressure, sometimes it is necessary to deliver the baby before 40 weeks. It would depend on how high her BP is and if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as a high level of protein in her urine. The health of the fetus is also considered. Talk to your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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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!

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

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26 weeks pregnant. What means: placenta anterior, site low-lying,presentation breech legs extended? Thank you

Anterior placenta: Tis is describing where the baby's placenta is implanted on the wall of the uterus — yours is low-lying, on the anterior, or belly button side of the uterus, and is in a breech position — head up, body down — that is ok at 26 weeks. The anterior low-lying placenta could be a problem with bleeding in labor, called placenta previa — please discuss with your OB for more information ...Read more

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Can problems with the placenta cause a breeched baby?

Can problems with the placenta cause a breeched baby?

Yes: A placenta previa (covering the cervix) can increase the risk of a breech baby. ...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

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Can a pregnant woman "drop" if the baby is breeched?

Can a pregnant woman "drop" if the baby is breeched?

Yes: Dropping has to do with the baby moving down in the pelvis, giving you a little more room to breathe, but making you feel a lot more pressure on your bladder. This can occur whether the baby is head up (breech) or head down. Some say it means you will deliver soon, but that isn't always true — it can drop for weeks before delivery at times. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a normal delivery if the baby is breech?

Is it possible to have a normal delivery if the baby is breech?

Yes: By definition, a breech delivery is not normal, because it is not the typical way for a fetus to present. However, that does not mean the baby cannot be delivered in the normal fashion, i.e., by the vaginal route. Delivering a breech fetus by the vaginal route does carry some additional risk, since it can be more difficult, so the medical team must be experienced in this type of vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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What are the risks of turning a baby that is breech with an anterior placenta?

What are the risks of turning a baby that is breech with an anterior placenta?

More difficult: The risk of causing an abnormality in the baby's heart rate is the same regardless of where the placenta is. An anterior placenta makes turning the baby a little more challenging because it is in between the doctor's hands and the baby. ...Read more

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

Is a c-section safer than 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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Do breech babies carry congenital defects?

Do breech babies carry congenital defects?

Rarely: Rarely does this happen where babies have congenital defects that are severe enough that they either neurological impair the baby and prevent movement or simply get in the way of a baby being able to flip on its own. This is a rare cause of breech though. ...Read more

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