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Evaluating External Cephalic Version

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The potential risks of breech delivery are a concern for both pregnant women and midwives alike. An external cephalic version involves the manipulation of the fetus through the maternal abdomen to a cephalic presentation. It a simple and practical solution that carries minimal risk.

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The potential risks of breech delivery are a concern for both pregnant women and midwives alike, with the majority of mothers opting for an elective caesarean section rather than attempting a vaginal breech birth. In many cases, however, an external cephalic version offers a simple and practical solution that carries minimal risk and offers the potential for a normal delivery to take place. Breech presentations tend to complicate about 3 to 4% of all term deliveries and are more common before term, with approximately 25% of cases presenting as breech before 28 weeks, falling to just 7% by 32 weeks. They are also more common in cases where there has been a previous breech presentation.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Donna Cushing
19 May 2022
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Good article, identifying that there is a gap here as a lot of pregnant women are hearing about ECV option from their friends and not necessarily from their care providers.
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Bina Baniya
20 Mar 2021
Useful
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Peter Makryllos
11 Nov 2020
good stuff
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Ellen McGann
27 Nov 2020
Very informative.
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Denise Heapy
09 Feb 2021
Really goos, short butreinforced my knowledge.
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Carolyn Schultz
18 Apr 2021
Very useful information
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Clover Lewis
04 Nov 2020
This is a useful article regarding the use of ECV to turn breech babies into a cephalic position. The importance of only performing an ECV where a hospital has the ability to perform Ultrasound and Cesarean Section is highlighted as are the risks, benefits and success of performing ECV in reducing breech births and Cesarean Sections. It was interesting how recommendations were from RANZCOG and the Royal College of Midwives. There was limited evidence included based on recent research within this article.
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Genny Herbert
03 Aug 2021
Brief summary on calculations however final comment related to if baby sleeps through the night is misleading. No baby having 120 mls per feed would be sleeping through the night. This is unrealistic.
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Karen Young
06 Feb 2021
Great article well worth the read . Very informative
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