Frank Breech ECV Experiences

posted 1 year ago in Babies
Post # 2
1441 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My first baby flipped herself breech at 35ish weeks and was turned cephalic via ECV at 38ish weeks.

From what I can remember there was very little pain and discomfort and she flipped herself as soon as they lifted her wee butt out of my pelvis so the actual turning took less than thirty seconds.

The only medication I was given was ventolin / subutimol via IV to relax my muscles and I went on to have a complicated but vaginal delivery at just past 41 weeks. 

The risk factor at my hospital was 0.05% so only one in 200 ECV’s resulted in an emergency birth and it was done up in the delivery ward with an IV placed in case anything did go wrong.

Post # 3
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I don’t have any personal experience with this. But I’ve been listening to episodes of The Birth Hour podcast where women talk about their pregnancy and birth stories and there have been some women who have gone through this with different results. If you like listening to podcasts, it might be interesting for you! Each episode title contains info on the specific birth so you could probably sort through and find the breech/ECV stories pretty easily. 

Post # 4
961 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I personally did this at 38 weeks and would not again it was so painful and they bruised my babies leg 

He didn’t turn and I went into labor that night anyways 


Post # 5
580 posts
Busy bee

All 3 of my babies were breech. My mom is a L&D nurse and always told me, theirs a reason they are that way. It’s not good for you or the baby So I chose not to have that done. I did have 3 csections though. 

Post # 6
133 posts
Blushing bee

Mine was frank breech and I agonized over wether to have an ECV. I ended up deciding not to for several reasons, but the main one was the medication they use to prevent uterine contractions is used off label for that purpose (it’s actually a bronchodilator, if I remember correctly). There have been no studies establishing that it is safe for the fetus when used for this purpose. There is one animal study that my doctor was aware of that showed possible neurological effects. I spoke at length about it with my doctor, and the best he could tell me was that they hadn’t had a problem yet. I just didn’t feel like that was good enough though, so I decided to go with the c section. Like pp mentioned, I was also worried that there might be a reason she was breech, like she was tangled up in her cord or something. I’m certainly not encouraging you to change your mind, but I do encourage you to do your own research before going through with it. In addition to the possibility of going into labor, there is a small but nontrivial chance of stillbirth. When I went in for the consultation, I felt like my doctor wasn’t super concerned about the risks (probably because they are rare), so I was glad I had done a bunch of research already and could ask him specific questions. 

Best of luck to you with whatever you do! Also, the website spinning babies has a bunch of info on getting a breech baby to turn. 

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