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Can my baby be shifted to the right position?

There are some methods that can help a baby shift into the correct position. External cephalic version (ECV) is the most effective method. It can be attempted between the 32nd and 37th weeks of pregnancy. Your doctor will place his hands over your abdomen, with one hand over your baby's head and the other on its buttocks and coax its body toward the correct position. This procedure is usually safe and works in about 50% of the cases. It is important that this is performed by a medical professional so that the baby's heart rate can be monitored and an ultrasound can be performed to check position.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Fertility


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