Brow Presentation – Read Ahead To Know More! Part-1

Pregnancy brings its own set of concerns and worries. In between your happy moments, you have moments of concerns and doubts on how your baby is growing within your womb.

One such concern is that you may have is “brow presentation”. In this two-part article, we will know all that there is to about brow presentation and how it affects you and your baby during birthing.

Normally, the position of the head and neck should be ideal so that the baby is able to pass through the birth canal in an effortless manner as possible. This is mainly achieved if the baby’s head is an ideal position.

What is the ideal position for a baby?

The “ideal position” during delivery would be for your baby to be with his/her neck flexed and chin tucked close to his/her chest (called the flexed position) making sure that the head is well down. This forms an angle in which the smallest diameter of the baby’s head descends first, making it easy to pass through the pelvis (similar to how you would wear a tight sweater).

So, what is brow presentation?

Brow presentation is a rare kind of birth condition seen during birthing in which the largest area of your baby’s head will try to fit through your pelvis. It happens when the baby’s neck &/or head is slightly extended (in a deflexed position) as if the baby is trying to look up.

If brow presentation is detected during early labor there is a chance that the baby may flex its head and have an ideal position or it may deflex or push the neck &/or head further back and be born face first, this is known as face presentation.


What Leads To Brow Presentation?

Here are some of the probable reasons why brow presentation or face brow presentation takes place:

  1. Size & shape of your pelvis: If your pelvis is small or has an abnormal shape and size
  2. Multiple pregnancies
  3. Baby is bigger than normal
  4. Premature delivery
  5. The low weight of the baby
  6. Excess fluid in the womb (polyhydramnios)
  7. The umbilical cord gets wrapped around the neck of the baby

Let’s read more in part-2 of this article..




Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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