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A fetus with the feet, buttocks, or legs pointing down toward
the cervix is said to be in breech position. Before birth, most breech fetuses
change position so that the head points downward, but some breech fetuses stay
in breech position late into the third trimester (the last part of
A medical procedure called external cephalic version can
sometimes successfully turn a breech fetus to head-down position before
delivery. A cesarean section is recommended for most breech deliveries.
Current as of:
May 22, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
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