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A Turn of Fate

Once almost a lost art but now making its way back into use, external version is the technique of turning a breech baby into a more desirable, head-down position for birth. Because many physicians today recommend a cesarean section for breech births, nudging your baby into a better position can help you can avoid surgery.

If your little one persists in staying head up, ask your health care provider about ways to encourage turning, including external version. If your provider doesn’t do them, many local midwives can perform a version or recommend a midwife or physician who can.