Breech Baby Medical Definition
“What is a Breech Baby?”
Breech Baby medical definition: “Breech baby” refers to a birthing situation in which a baby is positioned with his or her feet down rather than head down during delivery. Breech is actually common in early pregnancy and most babies will move to a head-first position by 36 weeks of pregnancy. If a baby is still in the breech position during delivery it can lead to birthing complications and c-section is usually recommended.
Breech positioning happens in about 3-4% of pregnancies and can lead to further complications including the cutting off of the baby’s oxygen supply via the umbilical cord.
Breech Baby in Medical Malpractice Cases
A doctor has a duty to recognize a breech baby and take precautions to ensure a safe pregnancy and delivery. If a baby is delivered in the breech position and suffers injury or harm as a result, the parents may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or other care professionals involved.
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