If the baby’s position is normal, then the birth will continue as normal. However, if doctors feel that it might be a frank breech baby or another breech position, they will use the ultrasound to double-check.
Doctors usually do a procedure known as an external cephalic version. This involves turning the baby externally in order to change the baby’s position. This procedure can cause the mother pain, so doctors will be asking the mother if they can tolerate the pain during the procedure. If it’s too painful, then doctors will stop the procedure3.
However, not all breech babies can be turned. In these situations, doctors will instead focus on trying to deliver the baby as safely as possible.
How Do Doctors Deliver in This Position?
There are two main ways that doctors can deliver a frank breech baby4. One method would be to do a C-section. This is the most straightforward way of delivering a breech baby, and these days a C-section is a safe and common medical procedure.
The other method is known as the vaginal breech delivery. This is fairly similar to a regular vaginal delivery. When compared to the C-section, this poses the least risk for mothers. However, since it’s still a vaginal delivery, there are increased risks for the baby compared to having a C-section.