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What is occiput posterior?

What is occiput posterior?

Occiput Posterior (OP) In occiput posterior position, your baby’s head is down, but it is facing the mother’s front instead of her back. It is safe to deliver a baby facing this way. But it is harder for the baby to get through the pelvis.

Is occiput posterior normal?

It depends on how close you are to delivery. While as many as 34 percent of babies are posterior when labor starts, only 5 to 8 percent of them are posterior at birth. It’s common for a baby’s position to change during labor, often more than once.

What causes Occipito posterior position?

The occipitoposterior position in the main is caused by the adaptation of the head to a pelvis having a narrow fore pelvis and an ample anteroposterior diameter and therefore may be considered “physiologic.”

How common is OP position?

Epidemiology. The prevalence of the OP position is 15 to 32% at the onset of labour [15-18], 10 to 20% early in the second stage of labour and 5 to 8% at delivery [2,17,19,20].

What is the Occipito posterior position?

Occiput posterior (OP) position is the most common fetal malposition. It is important because it is associated with labor abnormalities that may lead to adverse maternal and neonatal consequences, particularly operative vaginal delivery or cesarean delivery.

How is Occipito posterior position diagnosed?

Fetal head position during the entire labor. Diagnosis made by transabdominal ultrasound during the first stage, by transperineal ultrasound during the second stage, by clinical assessment at time of delivery.

How do you know if your baby is in posterior position?

Your baby’s back will feel hard and rounded on one side of your tummy. Your belly button might poke out. This is the ideal position for baby to be in. Posterior baby: You’ll probably feel more kicks on the front of your tummy, your belly-button might dip and the tummy area feel more squashy.

What is the engaging diameter in Occipito posterior position?

 The engaging transverse diameter of head is biparietal (9.5cm)  Anterior-posterior diameter is either suboccipitofrontal (1ocm) or occipitofrontal (11.5cm).

Can occiput posterior deliver vaginally?

What causes a posterior baby?

It apparently evens out the muscles in the uterus, allowing baby to fit into an optimal position. Sometimes a posterior position is caused by a lack of strength in your lower stomach muscles…in this case a belly support or belly binding (a large sheet or towel wrapped tightly around the belly for support) might help.

What is right occiput posterior?

Right or Left Occiput Posterior In the right occiput posterior position (ROP), the baby is facing forward and slightly to the right (looking toward the mother’s left thigh). This presentation may slow labor and cause more pain.

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Ruth Doyle