Footage Of A Doctor ‘Flipping’ A Breech Baby In The Womb Has Gone Viral

January 20, 2018
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There are some things that have to be in order for labor and birth to go the way it is supposed to.

It’s a very delicate process and in order for baby to come out healthy and unharmed, baby has to know which way to be positioned.

We don’t know how a baby knows that it’s best to flip to head down, or even if they do?

But it could just be that they end up having gravity push them head down because their head is the heaviest? But, what we do know is that if a baby doesn’t go down head first — and they’re in breech position — doctors don’t like to attempt vaginal delivery that way.

There are a couple of options to go over when you find yourself at risk of having a breech delivery.

Many doctors prefer not to assist a mom in delivering a baby that isn’t already head down. Some babies end up with their bottom or feet down, or sideways. Most doctors prefer to do things the “safest route” and schedule a c-section. But that comes with its own risks, as well.

Some doctors and moms-to-be still opt do manually move the baby, while it’s still in the womb. A trained doctor needs to do this because it’s extremely painful and can really do harm if they do things wrong.

One mom opted to try the breech turn, called External Cephalic Version, and it’s gone viral because the video is just INSANE

Not all people are the same. According to Birth Without Fear, the majority of babies will be head down by the time labor and birth begins. But, in about 1-3 percent of the case, that doesn’t happen.

In these cases, a Mom and doctor can opt to go ahead, if the doctor is comfortable and experienced in helping to deliver breech babies. Or a c-section can be scheduled in advance.

Doctors may suggest a procedure called external cephalic version.

This procedure involves a doctor using his hand to manually turn the baby by pressing on the pregnant stomach.

“It involves actually physically turning the baby by placing hands on the woman’s uterus to almost help the baby do somersaults inside the uterus,” Doctor Joanne Stone told Health.

According to statistics, around 60 percent of the time in external cephalic version are successful in turning the baby. And the complication risk is relatively low, at less than 1 percent.

This mom went for it … and filmed it.

Vanessa Fisher, decided to go for external cephalic version to try and turn her breech baby before labor.

She writes on Facebook, ““Prior to the procedure, we attempted a number of other methods to turn the baby naturally. Ultimately, our goal is to avoid a cesarean section by any means possible.”

When those methods didn’t work at all, she and her doctor, Dr. Cummings, opted to try external cephalic version at 38 weeks.

This procedure has to be done in the hospital in case labor starts or if there are any of those rare complications. And it’s not usually attempted until the baby has reached full term for these reasons as well.

According to WebMD, Mothers are often given medication to help reduce any uterine contractions.

This is done to help prevent labor from beginning and to help keep the uterus from contracting and restricting any movement. The Mother is usually hooked up to monitors as well to help ensure baby stays happy and healthy.

Their attempt to turn the baby was successful — but the video looks SO painful.

Watch with some warning that some may find it hard to watch or graphic – it’s pretty wild.

The mom later took to Facebook to give an update and announced the birth of her healthy child.

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