How common is the breech position?
Breech position (bottom first) is present in 3% to 4% of term pregnancies. Breech positioning is common prior to term - 25% are breech before 28 weeks, but by 32 weeks only 7% of babies are breech. The vast majority of breech babies in the United States are now born by planned caesarean. The use of a safe procedure to help turn breech babies into a head-down position (aka cephalic position) may help to lower the caesarean rate.
What is an external cephalic version?
External = from the outside, cephalic = head first, version = turning
An external cephalic version is when a care provider puts their hands on the outside of your belly and turns the baby, using either a forward or backward roll, into a cephalic (head-down) position. This is also called an ECV, version, or “hands to belly” procedure.