Breech Presentation and It’s Possible Implications
By the time the baby reaches 24-29 weeks in utero, the fetus begins to turn in the mother’s womb. At 34 weeks, the fetus is expected to have already turned its head down. By the time most fetuses reach childbirth, they are born head-first. However, this is not the case for about 3-4% of childbirths with a breech presentation.
In the breech presentation, the fetus has not yet turned on its head. And often, the child’s foot or buttocks will be the first to exit during birth. When the mother pushes for the child to be delivered normally, the baby will be more prone to develop complications.
The mother’s physician, typically an obstetrician-gynecologist, holds the responsibility to identify this abnormal fetal position and deliver the child. The physician may also recommend the mother to undergo a Caesarian section when it’s for the benefit of the child.
Types of Breech Presentation
Breech birth may be presented in various types, which include the following: