its normal until about 37weeks then usually settles into place - i was 5cm dilated when DS2 still wasn't fully engaged! 4hrs labour though and perfect delivery - i had to have a scan at 37wks to check for presentation - he just had a bony bum though. don't worry, he will turn!
Trouble is, the consultant-lead unit is really far from here.
If he's still breech in a fortnight I have to go through to the CLU for scans.
They won't let him go too long because of the distance to hospital.
Midwife says he is measuring 30 weeks, even though by dates he is 28 weeks.
If he is breech at 34 weeks, there's a choice at the CLU: ECV if possible at 37 weeks and then you have to stay in hospital for two days if it works. Or check into hospital 37 weeks and remain in for csection at 39 weeks if you get to 39 weeks (my two older children have been born spontaneous vaginal delivery at 38+6 and 38+2 respectively).
Im 28 weeks and dd4 is breech, im having a growth scan on the 26th and they said if she hasn't turned by then they will start to keep an eye on her. Dont really fancy a section with a 6yo,3yo & 13 m.o to look after!
First off, if you can find experienced midwives a breech baby doesn't HAVE to be delivered by CS. DD was my first and breech from 28 weeks (when they started taking notes). She never turned and was born as a breech baby at home.
1st babies are much less likely to turn than subsequent ones (you have fewer stomach muscles to hold them in place ). Only around 3-5% of babies are still breech at term, and as a fair few of those will be 1st timers there's a VERY good chance your baby whill shift of its own accord.
Two books I found very useful were "Breech Birth" by Benna Waites and "Breech Birth: What are my options" by Jane Evans. The Benna Waites book has a chapter on complementary methods to encourage baby to turn. IIRC they include accupuncture / moxibustion, chiropractor (Webster Technique), inversions (either knee / shoulder, on your back head down on a tilted ironing board or handstands in a swimming pool), sitting in a warm bath with a pack of frozen peas on top and various methods to "attract" the head where you want it including torches music and getting dad to talk).
Just to confirm what everyone else has been saying, my second baby was breech at 36 weeks and my midwife was busy preparing me for possible a c-section ... Without further intervention, DS was born at just over 38 weeks in two [quite enjoyable] hours - a real contrast to my first, agonising, slow, back-to-back, labour.