#180 CASE OF THE WEEK - BREECH
Pretend you are pregnant. Yes, even you Tim. Go along with me here. Pretend you have two children both through natural childbirth. You are a veteran, an expert even. Here you are with #3 and #last. Things are going along fine. You spend the first trimester vomiting. The second trimester you are glowing. The third trimester you are kind of miserable. Your sciatic nerve flairs up from the baby pressing down on it. Your feet are swelling. But you know these are temporary annoyances, so you press on. 8 months and counting. You go in for a routine visit and the doctor informs you that your baby is butt down, head up, a condition called breech. The doctor says that if the baby doesn’t turn on its own there are two options. The first is to manually try to force the baby into the normal head down position, called the vertex position. This procedure is call external cephalic version (ECV). The doctor doesn’t tell you that this is done in the hospital with a prepped operating room at the ready in case your uterus ruptures or some other emergency happens. The second option is caesarian section, surgical birth. So, do you wait and see? Do you try the version? You ask are there any other options? The doctor says nope, that’s it.
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