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How do delivery doctors "turn breech babies around?

Asked by Dutchess_lll (6565points) 5 days ago

Jesus that sounds painful for Mom. There is just not enough room in that vagina!

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Sagacious's avatar

They have a few different ways but one is watching the baby with ultrasound while pushing and manipulating the baby from the outside. It’s almost unbelievable.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Manually. Yes. It must be painful.

jca2's avatar

Now they just do a Caesarian. Obstetricians are very wary of lawsuits.

JLeslie's avatar

They manipulate the baby from the outside. Sometimes they give drugs to help relax the muscle wall of the uterus.

I think some countries are more inclined to do it. @jca2 is probably right that in America they probably opt for c-section a lot of the time, but as far as I know America does still do it. It probably depends on the doctor, the state standards of care, and what the mother prefers.

@Dutchess_III Did you mean uterus?

janbb's avatar

^^ Yes, the baby isn’t in the vagina yet when they are turning it. It’s still in utero.

jca2's avatar

@JLeslie: I don’t think the mother’s preference comes into play when it comes to the doctor deciding whether or not to do a C-section. If the birth is liable to have complications, the mother can protest all she wants but the doctor is not going to risk the liability just because the mother doesn’t prefer an operation.

JLeslie's avatar

@jca2 It just depends on the doctor, and the risks in the particular case.

I just googled a little and saw an article that said Kim Kardashian had it done a couple of years ago.

SEKA's avatar

Yes, I think it was when Kim delivered Saint that he had to be turned. I don’t remember all the details, but she did comment on how painful it was

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