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Ideal Positions for Baby

Ideal Positions for Baby

Ideal Positions for Baby

It is common to hear about positions of your baby talked about during pregnancy because the baby’s position impacts the mode of delivery and the success of a natural birth. Throughout your prenatal appointments, we track the baby’s position so we are aware of how they might settle into place in the birth canal. 

The ideal position for the baby during labor is head down, but that doesn’t mean it is the only successful way of having an unmedicated birth. 

Why is head down the ideal position?

The most favorable position for the baby during labor is the head down or vertex position. This position allows the head to be delivered first, followed by the shoulders and the rest of the body. 

This position reduces the risk of obstructed labor and aids in the progress of labor without any complications.

What is a breech position?

A breech position is when the presenting part of your baby is the buttocks, feet, or both. This may make natural labor slightly more complicated as it is at a higher risk of obstruction and injury.

Breech babies can be delivered via natural birth as well. However, it requires healthcare providers that have had experience in delivering breech babies as it is quite different from a vertex delivery.

What happens if my baby is not in the ideal position?

If your baby is not in the ideal position by 37 weeks, we discuss all possible options with you. If your baby isn’t in position before that, we don’t need to worry as it will likely move to a head-down position by the due date. It is extremely common for babies to move around to different positions throughout your pregnancy and then near the end, they settle into that head down position.

Our goal if your baby doesn’t settle in the head down position on their own is to try to help reposition your baby. We use various natural techniques to improve the baby’s position, including specific movement techniques. 

If we are unable to get your baby to change positions, we will discuss with you the best options for birth and a possible transfer of care for your delivery. If transferring is the safest option for mother and baby, we will still be here to care for your postpartum. 

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