What is the face presentation?
In this rare presentation, the baby is in the normal head-down position, but the baby's face enters the birth canal first, rather than the top of the head. This is because the chin is pointing out rather than resting against the chest. This presentation is usually discovered only once labour has started. A vaginal examination at the start of labour will reveal this presentation, as your doctor or midwife can feel the features of the face with their fingers. The face presentation can make delivery of the baby more difficult and can cause temporary bruising and swelling to the baby's face.