Breech birth, or "suhi" in Filipino, happens when instead of being in a head down position inside the uterus, the fetus is in a feetfirst position.
As a mom, you’ve probably heard of the term “suhi” or breech birth. But what is it exactly, and what can pregnant moms do about it?
What is “suhi” or breech birth?
Pregnant moms know very well that the baby inside their womb has a habit of moving around and sometimes even kicking.
But, right before a mom gives birth, most babies usually move to a head down position, in order to make a natural birth easier. However, some babies don’t move to this head-down position and are instead stuck in a feet-first position. This is called a breech birth, or “suhi” in Filipino.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to a breech birth. One of these can be abnormal levels of amniotic fluid, or if the baby is born prematurely.
Breech birth poses a lot of risks for babies, since it increases the chances that the child can get injured. That’s why it’s important for moms to know what they can do if they have a breech birth.
What are a mom’s options?
Here are some things that moms with breech babies can do to help make sure that they can deliver their baby successfully:
Have a C-section
The greatest risk of a breech birth happens if the baby is delivered vaginally, or through a natural birth.
That’s why the most common means of dealing with a breech birth or suhi would be to perform a C-section.
However, C-sections also have their own risks, so the ideal way to deal with suhi would be to reverse the baby’s position early on.
External Cephalic Version, or ECV
Another way of dealing with breech birth is through External Cephalic Version, or ECV.
ECV is performed by the doctor to gently turn your baby using his hands while the baby is still inside the womb.
The process is pretty straightforward and doesn’t require any complicated procedures. It’s usually done at about 37 weeks into the pregnancy.
However, there are situations wherein an ECV is not advised, such as the following:
- If the mother experiences vaginal bleeding
- If the fetus has an abnormal heart rate
- If there is a low level of amniotic fluid
- If the placenta is near the uterus
- If the mother has twins or multiple pregnancies
ECV can also have some risks, but the chances of them happening are very slim, especially with an experienced doctor doing the procedure. Here are some of the potential risks:
- The baby might turn back to breech after the procedure is done.
- Fetal distress can lead to an emergency C-section.
- There may be a premature rupture of the membranes.
- Sudden onset of labor may occur.
- There may be small blood loss for the fetus or the mother.
The success rate for an ECV is about 58%, so it’s important for mothers to take that into consideration whenever they have a breech birth.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is to prioritize both the baby as well as the mother’s health. That’s why it’s always best to consult your doctor on the best way to deal with a breech birth, or suhi.
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