Babies often twist and turn during pregnancy, but most will have moved into the head down (also known as head first or cephalic) position by the time labour begins. However, that does not always happen, and a baby may be in a breech position (bottom or feet first).
If they're still breech at around 36 weeks' gestation, the obstetrician and midwife will discuss your options for a safe birth. For some, this may be looking at options to turn the baby into a head down position, for some this may a caesarean section birth, and for others this may be to plan for a vaginal breech birth.
If your doctor or midwife suspects that your baby is in the breech presentation, they will refer you to your nearest breech clinic.
The breech clinic at Frimley Park Hospital runs on Tuesday afternoons from 1-4pm and on Mondays from 10-4pm at Wexham Park Hospital.
At the breech clinic, you will have the opportunity to discuss all, or some of the following:
- Moxibustion self-administered treatment (to encourage the baby to turn head down)
- External Cephalic Version (ECV) (to encourage the baby to turn head down)
- Vaginal breech birth
- Caesarean birth
For more information about the options listed above, see our leaflet about the Breech Clinic.
You may also wish to look at our Frimley Health clinical guidelines.