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What is external cephalic version and when is it done?
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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Enggano
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: For breech near term
External cephalic version is done for breech (buttocks, legs, or feet presenting) presentation when there are no contraindications for labor or vaginal birth and at patient request after appropriate counseling.
It is an attempt to turn the baby from breech to vertex (head down). It is typically done after 36 weeks of pregnancy. Alternative is cesarean for breech without attempting version.

In brief: For breech near term
External cephalic version is done for breech (buttocks, legs, or feet presenting) presentation when there are no contraindications for labor or vaginal birth and at patient request after appropriate counseling.
It is an attempt to turn the baby from breech to vertex (head down). It is typically done after 36 weeks of pregnancy. Alternative is cesarean for breech without attempting version.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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