Breech Position

The breech position is where the fetus has not rotated to a headfirst presentation at the cervix, but where the buttocks are instead the presenting part. Five percent of newborns are born in this position. The principal concern of a breech birth is the increased time and difficulty during the expulsion stage of birth. Any attempts at realigning the fetus through the use of forceps could injure the infant. If an infant cannot be delivered in the breech position, perhaps due to the mother's...

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    [Continued from above] . . . pelvis being too small or a leg-first presentation, a cesarean section may be necessary. This is a surgical procedure where delivery of the fetus is achieved through an incision into the abdominal wall and uterus.