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External cephalic version for breech baby?

I am 36 weeks, and my baby seems to want to stay butt-down. I am NOT okay with having a c-section unless it's just the absolute last resort. I read about doctors possibly being able to turn the baby to a head down position, and I would like to try this procedure. Has anyone else had this done? If so, what was it like? Did the baby stay head down after that or did it move back?

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Asked by laadeedah at 1:54 PM on Apr. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I have not had this done, but...if the doctors are able to re-position the baby close enough to labor onset, things should go well. And, yes, it's possible for them to go right back to the way they were sitting. It all depends on timing and what the baby decides to do. I'd discuss this with your doctor and see what they say. Good luck!!

    Answer by MommyDumDum at 1:59 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • This is painful and there are other ways. You can go to to look for ideas. Also, you can find a chiropractor certified in the webster maneuver. These things both help without drugs and pain. Also, don't worry too much, babies have been known to wait until labor to turn.

    Answer by kemclaughlin at 2:17 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I would NEVER get a version done, it is very dangerous.

    I suggest finding a webster certified chiropractor, the webster technique can help amazingly! Also go to

    Breech is just a variation of normal, not a reason for a cesarean.

    Answer by celticreverie at 2:29 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I would NEVER get a version done, it is very dangerous.
    I agree. My sister had a frank breech baby. They tried to do a version on her. While they were trying to turn the baby something told my sister to make them stop. She had a c-sec two days later. Her baby's cord was wrapped around his neck EIGHT times and there was a knot in the cord. If they had succeeded in the version he would not had lived.
    I am freaked about a c-section too, but would definitely choose one over a version!

    Answer by Nathskitten at 2:39 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • My dd was breech and I was terrified of this procedure. There are alot of dangerous risks, the cord being caught around the neck, the placenta being rupture. I had a csection and it did freak me out. I wish I knew there were other choices than the two I was offer.

    Answer by missiedoo at 8:44 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I had one at 37 weeks, it hurt like hell. It was not successful. My daughter was frank breech and fought the docs. all the way. They actually tried it twice. It really hurts and it looks brutal. They basically push and tug on your stomach as hard as possible.. After i went home, I ended up bleeding and had to be admitted to the hospital over night. They think part of my placenta came off during the version. The baby was fine and I'm glad I tried. I really wanted to have a vaginal birth but I ended up with a c-section. I read a lot about the subject and was not ok with the risks associated with birthing a breech baby vaginally. She is a very healthy 6 week old. Good luck and really, the c-section was not that bad.

    Answer by danielp at 1:38 AM on Apr. 14, 2009

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