Breech Deliveries and External Cephalic Version

Breech deliveries are supported at The Ottawa Hospital as long as certain criteria are met and labour progresses adequately and the physician on call is comfortable with a breech delivery. The majority of physicians including Dr. Vassiliou are comfortable with proceeding with a breech delivery. If the physician is not then a back up system has been set in place to try and find a physician that is and can deliver the baby in a breech position. This is however not guaranteed due to circumstances beyond our control. 

First if the baby is in a breech position Dr. Vassiliou will likely if all criteria are met recommend a External Cephalic Version (ECV) to try and turn the baby from breech to a head down position. Please click here for further information on ECV.

For more information on Breech deliveries click here.