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Breech baby at the end of pregnancy

Published: 25/07/2017

This patient information leaflet provides advice if your baby is breech towards the end of pregnancy and the options available to you.

This information is for you if your baby remains in the breech position after 36 weeks of pregnancy. It may also be helpful if you are a partner, relative or friend of someone whose baby is breech towards the end of their pregnancy.

Information covered in this leaflet

  • What breech is and why your baby may be breech
  • The different types of breech
  • The options if your baby is breech towards the end of your pregnancy
  • What turning a breech baby in the uterus involves (external cephalic version or ECV)
  • How safe ECV is for you and your baby
  • Options for birth if your baby remains breech
  • Other information and support available

This patient information is based on the RCOG Green-top clinical guideline External Cephalic Version and Reducing Incidence of Term Breech Presentation and The Management of Breech Presentation which contain full lists of the sources of evidence used to produce the guidance.

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