Artwork showing foetus in the breech position

Artwork showing foetus in the breech position

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Caption: Breech position foetus. Artwork of a full-term foetus in the breech position. The breech position is where the bottom of the foetus is facing the cervical canal instead of the head. A small proportion of babies are born in this orientation. The legs are usually extending straight up towards the head. Breech deliveries are more complex than normal because the baby's bottom does not push its way through the birth canal as efficiently as the head. An incision in the perineum may be performed to ease the baby's passage. Alternatively, a caesarean section may be used.

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Keywords: breech position, fetus, foetus, human body, pregnancy

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