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Breech Baby Scan- Could This Save Lives?

by | May 10, 2019

There is an opportunity on the horizon that could be a huge relief for moms-to-be and maybe even life-saving. UK researchers are exploring the possibility to offer a routine ultrasound scan at 36 weeks to try and catch what has previously been checked only on the surface by doctors and midwives– breeching. Continue reading below to learn more about how a breech baby scans could save both a lot of trouble as well as lives.

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Breech Baby Scan- Could This Save Lives?

According to BBC, medical researchers in the UK have been looking at ways to offer breech baby scans to women at 36 weeks so the breech position could potentially be corrected by a process called external cephalic version. This method manually encourages the unborn child to successfully turn into the desired head-first position perfect for labor.

Although the idea is wonderful, some say that it must be set-up in a cost-effective way, to bring the cost under 20 GBP making it accessible for all.

Breech deliveries have some risk, and counseling and decision-making in labor can be challenging. Scans are routinely available now, and minimal skills are required to determine breech presentation. This should be implemented.

Prof Andrew Shennan, Professor of obstetrics at King’s College London
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Researchers have found in a study with 3,879 pregnant women that 4.9% were experiencing breech, and out of that percentage of women, 55% had no clue until the breech baby scan.

Out of these findings, the option to try an external cephalic version was given to the 4.9% of women, some went through with it successfully, some unsuccessfully, and others just chose to plan for a C-Section. The end result, involving a group of 179 women, allowed 19 women to deliver their baby vaginally, 110 underwent a planned C-Section, and the remaining 50 women had to go through with an emergency C-Section.

For now, it is unclear as to whether or not breech baby scans will be made available and affordable to women, and some say that more research and trials are required. However, according to Pro Basky Thilaganathan of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it “looks very promising” thus far.

What do you think of the possibility for women to have a breech baby scan? Did you deliver your baby while they were in the breech position? Let me know in the comments below.


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Gabriella Anaya

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