Breech Baby? What You Need to Know

Also, the common lithotomy (flat-on-the-back) or semi-sitting positions are contraindicated for a vaginal breech birth (indeed, for almost all births) due to their impacting the sacrum (the back of the pelvis) and decreasing the diameter of the pelvis.

Delayed pushing until full dilation is important as when you do push, you want the baby to be delivered quickly and without resistance.

Forceps should only be reserved for emergencies, not as a routine method to control the delivery of the head. The use of forceps is minimized with the absence of epidural anesthesia and with the Mother in a good pushing position.


To contact ICAN
International Cesarean Awareness Network
1304 Kingsdale Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310)542-6400
(310)542-5368 FAX


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