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Breech Position

Breech Position

Normal and frank breech positions
Footling (incomlete) and complete breech positions

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 fetuses stay in breech position late into the third trimester.

Current as of: February 11, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine

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