Khristine Joy S. Pedreso, RN Clinical Instructor

Jeffrey D. Arocha, SN BSN-14A / GROUP 1

Because the fetus moves and kicks inside the uterus. A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered a premature baby. can be a major concern. Breech babies are at risk of injury and a prolapsed umbilical cord. at risk of complications of prematurity. top of the head. which usually means the baby's shoulder will lead the way into the birth canal rather than the head. This normal presentation is called vertex (head down) Some fetuses present with their buttocks or feet pointed down toward the birth canal. Abnormal presentations increase a woman's risk for injuries to the uterus or birth canal.SUMMARY: Having labor contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy is called preterm labor. excessive bleeding from the uterus. Incomplete Breech. Presentation refers to the part of the baby that will appear first from the birth canal. which cuts off its blood supply. called a transverse lie. A few babies lie horizontally in the uterus. In malpresentation of the head. Sometimes. and digestive problems. When a baby is in the breech position before the last 6 to 8 weeks of pregnancy. and for abnormal labor. instead of the back of its head. before or during labor. called a breech presentation: Frank breech. . with the forehead. the umbilical cord can slip through the cervix. the umbilical cord can wrap and unwrap itself around the baby many times throughout pregnancy. such as immature lungs. called postpartum hemorrhage. the odds are still good that the baby will change position before birth. the baby's head is positioned wrong. The umbilical cord is your baby's lifeline. or face entering the birth canal.) This exposes the baby to a high risk of infection. After a baby is delivered. preceding the baby into the birth canal. respiratory distress. Complete breech.

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