Slide show: Fetal presentation before birth
Illustration of baby in the faceup position
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This baby is presenting headfirst (cephalic) with its head facing up (occiput posterior). In this position, the baby might have a harder time extending his or her head from under the pubic bone.

Most babies eventually turn on their own, if there's enough room. If your baby is in this position and the second stage of labor is taking too long, your health care provider might reach through your vagina and use his or her hand to help your baby rotate (manual rotation). Your baby might also be delivered in this position.

Aug. 26, 2017