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Special Care During Childbirth

Illustration of a baby in the typical childbirth position.
Typical position for descent

Babies often move down between the pelvic bones (descend) before birth. If this is your first pregnancy, this may happen 2 to 4 weeks before labor. With repeat pregnancies, the baby may not “drop” until labor begins. The baby usually moves down head first. If your baby is not in a safe position for birth, or if there is a problem with the placenta, you may need special care. A cesarean delivery may be necessary.

Conditions that require special care

Cephalopelvic disproportion showing baby's head or body too big for the pelvis

Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD). Baby’s head or body is too big for the pelvis.

 

Breech posistion showing the baby's feet or buttocks first

Breech position. Baby is positioned with feet or buttocks first.

 

Transverse position showing the baby positioned horizontally across the pelvis

Transverse position. Baby lies horizontally across the pelvis.

Placenta abruption showing the placenta detached from the uterine wall

Placental abruption. Placenta separates from the uterus.

 

Placenta previa showing the placenta blocking the cervix

Placenta previa. Placenta blocks the cervix.

 

 

 

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