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Breech presentation

    Breech position

    Breech presentations affect approximately 3-4% of pregnancies and often babies will turn by themselves by the 36th week. However, if they don’t medical management is usually suggested.

    Medical management of breech presentation involves cephalic version (manual turning of the baby by an obstetrician).  If this is contraindicated or unsuccessful then it is likely that a c-section will be advised.

    Acupuncture and moxibustion may be used to encourage the turning of a baby that is in breech position (non-vertex position) into cephalic vertex position – head down.

    There is a long history of using acupuncture and moxibustion which involves warming an acupuncture point on the little toe to encourage the baby to turn head down. We would recommend this can be applied from the 35th week of pregnancy.

    Our practitioners are very experienced in providing this treatment for breech pregnancy and always make sure your LMC is on board with using this approach alongside any advice they are giving you. 


    Whilst there have been inconsistent results from some research into the effectiveness of moxibustion, we do see some promising results.

    In a 2013 systematic review and meta-analysis, investigating the use of Moxibustion therapy for the correction of breech presentation the authors concluded, the authors found moxibustion therapy showed a positive effect on the correction of non-vertex presentation.

    You can access the full study here.


    In 2019, another study involving 98 women with babies in a breech presentation, found that a combination of moxibustion and acupuncture resulted in 62.4% of the babies turning into a head down position (cephalic version) and the women going on to have an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. 

    You can access the full study here.