Breech position

Picture of frank breech position of fetus
Picture of complete breech position of fetus
Picture of incomplete (footling) breech position of fetus

A fetus with the buttocks, legs, or feet pointing down toward the cervix is said to be in breech position. Before birth, most breech fetuses change position so that the head points downward, but some stay in breech position late into the third trimester.

Last Updated: April 28, 2008

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & William Gilbert, MD - Perinatology

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