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What does ECV (External cephalic version) mean?

ECV (External cephalic version) is where the doctor tries to turn your baby from the outside using an ultrasound scan to see what’s happening inside. You may be offered an external cephalic version (ECV) if you are 36 weeks pregnant and your baby is still breech. It can be a bit uncomfortable and doesn’t always work. The main risk is the baby becomes distressed by the procedure in which case you will need an emergency section. However, if your baby remains breech you will be having a section either way. If you’re keen to avoid a section it is worth a try…good luck!