Providing an extra ultrasound to all pregnant women after 36 weeks can prevent C-coupes

If all pregnant women receive an extra ultrasound after 36 weeks, thousands of emergency C-sections can be prevented each year

  • A bump birth is when a baby is naturally born in the first place feet rather than upside down
  • Pregnant women usually receive an ultrasound scan of eight to fourteen weeks
  • They then receive a new one between 18 and 21 weeks, according to current guidelines
  • But another ultrasound scan after 36 weeks can mean an end for girders
  • Babies in the breech position are usually delivered by caesarean section, experts warn

Women could be spared from risky emergency Caesareans if they received an extra ultrasound during late pregnancy, a new study has revealed.

Pregnant women usually get an ultrasound scan of eight to fourteen weeks and then again between 18 and 21 weeks.

But experts say that another ultrasound scan at 36 weeks of pregnancy could mean an end to surprising bars.

These breech babies, which are the wrong way to get into the womb, are usually supplied by an emergency Caesarean, who carries a higher risk of bleeding for a mother.

A bump birth is when a baby is naturally born first or first rather than first

A bump birth is when a baby is naturally born first or first rather than first

The extra ultrasound could replace doctors to try to get a baby to run properly, or for a safer caesarean section.

Researchers, looking at late ultrasounds from nearly 4,000 first mothers, discovered that one in 40 scans detected a breech that doctors would not have identified.

Used routinely throughout the UK, they conclude that it could detect nearly 15,000 bouncers per year and save more than seven children.

Dr. Alexandros Moraitis, a co-author of the University of Cambridge study, said: “These scans can be done inexpensively while visiting routine midwife with a portable ultrasound.

& # 39; An additional cost of the scan would be offset by the savings of detecting a breech location and avoiding caesarean section.

& # 39; This could be a huge relief for the thousands of mothers who know if their baby has breech and have the ability to try to reverse it and get a normal birth.


A bump birth is when a baby is naturally born first or first rather than first.

It affects around three to four percent of pregnancies in the UK.

Babies often find themselves in different positions during pregnancy, but usually end up with the courage at the time they are ready.

Bringing the baby back is not necessarily dangerous and mothers can do this in certain circumstances.

However, there is a greater risk that the baby will get stuck in the birth canal or that the oxygen supply will be cut off due to pressure on the umbilical cord.

Medics may want to try turning the baby – an external cephalic version – that can be done manually.

Or, if a vaginal delivery is not safe, the mother may be advised to take a caesarean section.

Options are usually discussed if the baby is still in breech position by the 36th week of pregnancy.

Source: NHS

& # 39; It can also save them the extreme stress if they get an emergency caesarean section for an unexpected breech. & # 39;

Doctors are currently determining whether a baby is upside down by feeling the head and body through the belly of a woman.

But the study found that this approach worked only 44 percent of the time and missed more than half of the bouncers.

Of the 3879 first English mothers receiving ultrasound, 179 had breeches, 96 of which were not discovered by doctors.

The breech babies & # 39; s not found by doctors can save their lives by ultrasound, because of the risk of death from being stuck in the birth canal if they were first born feet or buttocks first born.

More often mothers were spared from emergency Caesarea, which entailed a higher risk of bleeding.

For 12 of the 179 babies with breech presentation, doctors were able to turn them over by applying pressure to the belly of a woman, so that her baby made a somersault in the correct position. Other studies suggest that this technique could work for as many as half of pregnant women.

The study also saw nearly two-thirds of the women given safer planned caesarean sections.

Researchers, whose study is published in the journal PLOS Medicine, say that the procedure can be fully cost effective, despite the cost of an ultrasound, when savings made by unnecessary emergency sex emperors are taken into account.

Approximately one in 25 women has breech babies, and fewer than one-tenth of these turn themselves.