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

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Dr. James Cummings
Pediatrics - Neonatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Cummings
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

It has been concluded based on large studies that the safest way for a single breech baby to be born is via c-section.
Most ob/gyn in the United States do not have adequate training in vaginal breech deliveries and would recommend a c-section.

In brief: No

It has been concluded based on large studies that the safest way for a single breech baby to be born is via c-section.
Most ob/gyn in the United States do not have adequate training in vaginal breech deliveries and would recommend a c-section.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
It is possible to deliver vaginally. I have delivered many, but Dr. Garvey is exactly right the the scientific evidence shows that a c section is safer.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Risk varies

The fetal head is the largest body part to pass through the birth canal.
Passage of the legs and torso does not mean the head will not get stuck, leading to an emergency where the baby must be pushed back in and delivered from above. That said, some smaller babies slip out easily.The best choice is to work with your doc and follow his/her guidance on a difficult situation.

In brief: Risk varies

The fetal head is the largest body part to pass through the birth canal.
Passage of the legs and torso does not mean the head will not get stuck, leading to an emergency where the baby must be pushed back in and delivered from above. That said, some smaller babies slip out easily.The best choice is to work with your doc and follow his/her guidance on a difficult situation.
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