Mother Posts Video of Her Baby Born with Legs around Her Head and Experts Explain It

Bettina Dizon
Oct 02, 2021
09:00 P.M.

Katie Edwards posted a photo of her newborn daughter in a unique frank breech position and gained over 30 million views.


Friday the 13th may be an unlucky day for many, but for Katie Edwards, it was one of the best days of her life. On August 13, 2021, Katie gave birth to her daughter, Kaiya.

She knew Kaiya was an amazing baby from the start, but the infant immediately showed her mom that she was unlike other babies. Kaiya came into this world with her legs around her head and stayed that way for a few days.

Katie was so astonished by her daughter’s strange position that she wanted to share it for others to see. After posting on TikTok, her views went up to 30 million. She wrote in the caption:

“This is what a Frank breech baby looks like LOL this is why I had a c-section she was in my belly like this.”

A frank breech position is normal when the baby is inside the womb. When in this pose, the baby’s bottom faces the birth canal while their legs are straight up to their head, in front of their body.

A mom holding her newborn baby. | Source: Shutterstock

A mom holding her newborn baby. | Source: Shutterstock


Katie first saw her daughter in this position during an ultrasound, and while they expected Kaiya to move around, she stayed in this position throughout. Katie shared:

“She also was a really big baby. Due to her large size, it was unlikely for her to turn into the right position. So they scheduled me for a C-section at 39 weeks.”

The mom also revealed that Kaiya brought laughter to the nurses who cleaned her as she stayed in the peculiar position on the table.

Although Kaiya stayed in the frank breech pose to relax, her legs became normal after a week. According to Dr. Nicole Rankins, OB-GYN, there are many reasons why babies can settle into such a pose.

Among them are the shape of a uterus, low amniotic fluid, and being twins. When in a breech presentation, moms cannot give birth naturally.

Another medical professional and pediatrician, Dr. Phil Boucher, shared that frank breech babies are usually healthy but need to be monitored for hip development problems.

A doctor holding a pregnant mom's hand. | Source: Shutterstock

A doctor holding a pregnant mom's hand. | Source: Shutterstock


It is possible for a hip dislocation to happen and should be observed closely within the first month of birth with several exams.

While it is more unlikely than not, First-born kids have a higher risk of having hip issues because of the mother’s more compact uterus.

Many moms have since showcased their newborns on the popular TikTok app. Later, Lucy Baehr proudly showed her baby as she joined the “ugly baby challenge.”

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