External cephalic version

ECV is the procedure of turning a baby from a breech position to a head first position. A successful ECV means that the mother is able to plan for a vaginal birth.

A breech presentation is when a baby is lying either bottom or feet first in the uterus and is common in early pregnancy. Most babies will turn by themselves into a head first position by 37 weeks of pregnancy. However, three to four per cent of babies will still be breech at 37 weeks. External cephalic version offers an alternative to caesarean or vaginal breech births.

Mater's Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine has put together some detailed information for you to consider.

External cephalic version information for expectant parents.

Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine
Level 7
Mater Mothers' Hospitals
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane Qld 4101
Phone: 07 3163 1896
Fax: 07 3163 1890

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