Footage of a doctor performing a successful External Cephalic Version (ECV) on a mother’s breech baby has gone viral, and it shows just how much of a rollercoaster the experience of childbirth is.
In the video below, the doctor can be seen ‘flipping’ Vanessa Fisher’s unborn baby until it is in the correct position. For a baby to be delivered vaginally, it must be positioned head down in the womb, a process that usually occurs in the last few weeks before childbirth.
In the event that this doesn’t happen, an ECV can be used to turn a foetus from a breech position (feet down) to the safer, head-down position.
“It was important to us to share the video to make others aware that there are options available to them, as well as professionals who are dedicated to seriously considering and honouring the desires of mothers through pregnancy and childbirth,” Vanessa explained.
The overall success rate for ECV is around 60 percent and the risk of causing any harm to the mother or the baby is low — less than one percent.
In her video uploaded onto Facebook, Vanessa wrote: “Prior to the procedure, we attempted a number of other methods to turn the baby naturally. Ultimately, our goal is to avoid a cesarean section by any means possible.”
While this video isn’t unusual, it shows us how personal and unique childbirth can be.