If Your Baby is Breech

At 32 weeks of pregnancy, approximately one-quarter of all babies are in the breech position (head up in the uterus). By 36 weeks, almost all are turned head down, in the correct position for birth. Between three and four per cent of babies remain in the breech position. Often, there is no obvious reason why a baby is breech.

Most babies in the breech position are born by cesarean. However, a vaginal birth is potentially possible. Your care provider may try to move your baby into the correct position a few weeks before your due date. Or, your care provider may determine that it’s safe for you to deliver your breech baby vaginally if you choose to.