What would be the indication if your baby appears to be sunny side up?

Recently one of my acquaintances went on to deliver a baby boy. But she did face up to a lot of back pain during the course of pregnancy. Part of the reason was a sunny side up delivery was stated to occur. Most of us would have come across the term breech birth, but what does sunny side up baby mean in the first place. One thing for sure this does work out to be one of the most common abnormal positions for your little one.

In medical terminology the sunny side up position goes by the name of OP position. It depicts a situation where the head of the baby is turned but it happens in the wrong manner. The posterior the face of the baby is being turned towards the pubic bone. During the course of the position it does become hard for the baby to extend out their head from the pubic bone. What happens is that the process of labor becomes tedious and a lot difficult

The significance of the OP position?

Till date a lot of studies have been conducted on OP position. The main focus seems to be on how it has an impact on delivery and how you can go on to prevent it

  • This position does seem to come in the starting phase of labor and occurs in nearly 30 % of pregnancies
  • Most times the baby is expected to rotate back to its normal position by the time delivery occurs. Only in case of 5 % of babies there does arise a chance of persistent OP
  • If you have a case of persistent OP it could lead to an emergency C section or assisted form of delivery. Studies does showcase the fact that in case of 20 % of persistent OP the babies are delivered by C section
  • When it is the case of your first pregnancy the chances of OP is all the more. In numbers it stands to be at 7 %.

What can you plan to do if the baby has persistent OP?

The options for managing a baby with OP other than a C section would be an assisted delivery. This would be a forceps or a vacuum based delivery. Maternal posturing or manual rotation of the baby is something that can be tried as well.

The better news that pours is that even if you start the baby with an OP position it is expected to return back to its normal position by the time delivery takes place. It would seem to be a blessing if Posturing can go on to improves the odds, but till date limited amount of success has been achieved on the same.

Do discuss with your health care provider on what their experience has been in dealing with OP positioned babies. Do discuss with them the options of delivery if the baby appears to be sunny side up. Being prepared is the key for a healthy delivery.