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ECV Clinic

If your baby is presening bottom or feet (breech) rather than head first your healthcare midwife or doctor may suggest to book for an ECV.

ECV stands for external cephalic version. This is the name of the technique aiming to turn your baby to a head-first position

What is breech?

Breech means that your baby is lying bottom first or feet first in the womb (uterus) instead of the usual head first position. Breech presentation is common in early pregnancy but, as the pregnancy advances a baby usually turns naturally into the head first position. Only 3% (3 in every 100) of babies are breech at the end of pregnancy. A breech baby may be lying in one of the following positions.

Breech

My baby is breech, what next?

  1. If your baby is believed to be breech, you will be offered a scan to confim the presentation of your baby
  2. Within the next few days you will be asked to book:
    • a detailed scan, which will give more infomation on the exact presentation of your baby, its growth and the quantity of amniotic fluid.
    • an appointment with the ECV clinic. This clinic runs every Monday (14.00 - 16.00), it is led by one of our obstetricians and a midwife in Oak Room, in the maternity unit.
      To book, call Lisa, our clerk, on 0802 934 2422

What happens the day of your appointment:

After meeting the members of the team, you will be given time to ask any questions and discuss any concern.
Once completely happy with your baby's wellbeing, our obstetrician will try to turn your baby around by ECV.
Your baby's position and heart rate will be monitored throughout the procedure and after.

If your baby remains breech, we will make recommendations and discuss your options. We will support your informed choice of a vaginal birth or an elective caesarean section.

The appointment may take about 2 hours

 

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