Slide show: Fetal positions before birth
Illustration of baby in the faceup position
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This baby is in the occiput posterior position, with the face up toward the mother's abdomen. In this fetal position, a baby can't extend his or her head out from under the pubic bone — which can make delivery more difficult.

Most babies eventually turn on their own, if there's enough room. Your health care provider might try to rotate the baby's position by frequently changing your position or by manually reaching through your vagina and using his or her hand as a wedge. Sometimes, forceps are used to rotate or deliver the baby. You might need an incision to extend the opening of the vagina (episiotomy) to ease delivery.

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