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Hi,<br><br>
Of course I met with my midwife this week but as usual I think of these things later...plus it's not that important right now. I am curious though how would a midwife go about determining the postion of the baby, whether or not it is breech? Also, is there any way for a midwife to tell the position of the placenta so that you know before birth if it is covering the cervix or if it's in a bad spot? I assume for some of these things your body would give you a signal that something is amiss but what if not?<br><br>
I'm only 13 weeks, not a concern for me at this point but I always find things to be curious about!<br><br>
Thanks for any input,<br>
Amy
 

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As your pregnancy progresses, the midwife will start palpating for position of baby. This is a learned art - and midwives are usually the only ones that really use it. While sometimes it can be hard to tell if baby is breech, depending upon the situation, most of the time we have a good idea what position your baby is in. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Palpation for position usually starts at around 30 weeks, give or take a few weeks.<br><br>
Regarding the placenta position, if it's low, as pregnancy progresses, you may be able to hear it with the fetoscope or doppler when looking for heart tones with a head-down baby. It's not always this way - and sometimes, the only sign of a placenta covering the cervix is bleeding towards the end of pregnancy (as the cervix softens and starts to dilate) or abnormal amounts of bleeding in early labor.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hope that helps!
 

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Thanks alot!<br><br>
That helps quite a bit. I knew there had to be some way to determine these things. Thanks again for answering. I'll discuss it more with my midwife next month!<br><br>
Amy
 
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