With a breech presentation, your baby is in a buttocks or feet first presentation. A breech presentation can make it hard for the baby’s head to fit through the birth canal during a vaginal delivery. This can cause a lack of oxygen or nerve damage in your baby.

How will I know if my baby is breech?

Your doctor can tell the presentation of the baby by pressing on your belly or during a vaginal exam. If you are more than 35 weeks and your healthcare provider is unsure of the position of your baby, you may have an ultrasound to determine the baby’s position before delivery.

What can I expect during delivery?

Although some breech babies are born vaginally, it can result in complications. For this reason, you will usually be scheduled for a cesarean delivery.

What happens after I deliver?

Just because your baby is in a breech position, it doesn’t mean that he or she will have health problems. Most likely, you and your baby will be fine.