Baby Positioning Ready for childbirth

At Wellbaby we see mothers concerned about the positioning of their baby in the womb. Ideally the baby will come into the cephalic presentation. In this position the baby is head-down, facing the mother's back, chin tucked to the chest so that the back of the head can readily enter the pelvis. Babies often settle into this position between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Cephalic posterior / Occiput The posterior baby is delivered facing forwards not backwards. The baby is positioned head down but the baby is facing forwards not backwards.
  • Frank breech. In a frank breech, the baby's buttocks lead the way into the birth canal. The hips are flexed, the knees extended.
  • Complete breech. The baby is positioned with the buttocks first; both the hips and the knees are flexed.
  • Transverse lie. The baby lies crosswise in the uterus, making it likely that the shoulder will enter the pelvis first.
  • Footling breech. One or both of the baby's feet are pointed down toward the birth canal.

Kish, Karen; Joseph V. Collea (2003). "Malpresentation & Cord Prolapse (Chapter 21)". In Alan H. DeCherney. Current Obstetric & Gynecologic Diagnosis & Treatment. Lauren Nathan (Ninth ed.). Lange/McGraw-Hill. p. 369.

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Our Osteopaths are located at the Wellwest Clinic, 31 Lincoln Road in Henderson, Waitakere, West Auckland. Call 838 0631