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When is it safe to have someone try and turn my baby?
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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: After 36 weeks
Patients who have completed 36 weeks of gestation are preferred candidates for external cephalic versions (turn the baby, if not head down).
Generally, spontaneous versions are likely to have taken place by 36 completed weeks. If done prematurely, babies can revert back to breech. Also, if complications arise during an attempted version, emergency delivery of a term infant can be accomplished.

In brief: After 36 weeks
Patients who have completed 36 weeks of gestation are preferred candidates for external cephalic versions (turn the baby, if not head down).
Generally, spontaneous versions are likely to have taken place by 36 completed weeks. If done prematurely, babies can revert back to breech. Also, if complications arise during an attempted version, emergency delivery of a term infant can be accomplished.
Dr. Erin Alward
Dr. Erin Alward
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: After 38 weeks
Turning the baby or external version should be done after 38 weeks.
The baby's heart tracing should be good. You should not be in labor, your water should not be broken, your placenta should not be over your cervix, and you should be able to have a vaginal delivery in order to have a version. Generally versions are successful 75% of the time in turning the baby.

In brief: After 38 weeks
Turning the baby or external version should be done after 38 weeks.
The baby's heart tracing should be good. You should not be in labor, your water should not be broken, your placenta should not be over your cervix, and you should be able to have a vaginal delivery in order to have a version. Generally versions are successful 75% of the time in turning the baby.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Alan Patterson
after 38 weeks but beware that sometimes it does not work 30-40% of the time and sometimes it could cause fetal ht rate problems leading to immediate delivery by C- section
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