Scientists believe the delivery position is inherited in the genes.
Breech births, which occur in one in 20 deliveries, carry greater health risks for babies than the usual head-first position.
Researchers studied data on births between 1967 and 2004, which involved 387,555 parent, and their children.
They found that men and women who were born in the breech position at full term had more than twice the risk of the same delivery for their first child. The risk was equally strong for male and female parents.
And results were emphasised when the team from the University of Bergen in Norway studied 35,056 men who had children with two different women.