My baby is breech. What can I do to get the baby to turn head down?

by | Jan 1, 2023 | You Ask, Henci Answers

You ask:

I’m 37 weeks and my baby is still in a breech position. I’m frustrated because I really wanted to have a vaginal birth. What can I do to get the baby to turn head down?

I answer:

There’s a lot you can do! Here’s an article from the American Academy of Family Physicians. In it, you’ll find a list of things you can try at home along with an explanation of external cephalic version, a hands-to-belly procedure your doctor can perform.

I suggest you talk to your doctor about doing a version—or helping you find someone who has that skill—right away because 37 weeks is the optimal time to get it done. As the baby grows and there’s less amniotic fluid, the success rate for turning the baby falls.


Medical Disclaimer: Henci Goer is neither a physician nor a midwife. Content and information on this website are for informational and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. Users are advised to consult their physician or midwife when making decisions about care.

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