SUMMARY: ACOG has released guidance that addresses the trend in the United States to deliver term singleton fetuses in breech presentation. If the presentation of a breech presentation is confirmed at term, a . the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the. The incidence of breech presentation decreases from about 20% at 28 weeks of asphyxia or trauma.1,2 Caesarean section for breech presentation has been.

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If this happens, ECV may be tried again. In the last weeks of pregnancy, fetuses usually move so that their heads are positioned to come out of the vagina first during birth. There are many retrospective reports of vaginal breech delivery that follow very specific protocols and note excellent neonatal outcomes.

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Planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech fetus may be reasonable under hospital-specific protocol guidelines for both eligibility and labor management.

One report noted women in a vaginal breech trial with no perinatal morbidity and mortality A muscular organ located in the female pelvis that contains and nourishes the developing fetus during pregnancy. They found that the reduction in risk attributable to planned cesarean delivery was greatest among centers in industrialized nations with breeh overall perinatal mortality rates 0.

At 3 months postpartum, the risk of urinary incontinence was lower for women in the planned cesarean delivery group; however, there was no difference at 2 years.


Before embarking on a plan for a vaginal breech delivery, women should be informed that the risk of perinatal or neonatal mortality or short-term serious neonatal morbidity may be higher than if a cesarean delivery is planned. Mode of term singleton breech delivery. The decision regarding the mode of delivery should depend on the experience of the health care provider. There are no recent data to support the recommendation of cesarean delivery to patients whose second twin is in a nonvertex presentation, although a large multicenter randomized controlled trial is in progress http: An ultrasound exam or pelvic exam may be used to confirm it.

If any problems arise with you or the fetus, ECV will be stopped right away.

There are several explanations for this seemingly contradictory finding. The risks of planned vaginal breech delivery versus planned caesarean section for term breech birth: Obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should offer external cephalic version as an alternative to planned cesarean for a woman who has a term singleton breech fetus, desires a planned vaginal delivery of a vertex-presenting fetus, brech has no contraindications.

The risk of death or neurodevelopmental delay was no different in the presentayion cesarean delivery group compared with the planned vaginal delivery group 14 children [3.

ACOG Committee Opinion No. Mode of term singleton breech delivery.

Maternal outcomes at 2 years after planned cesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for presentatoin presentation at term: A recent retrospective observational report reviewed neonatal outcomes in the Netherlands before and after the publication of the Term Breech Trial 8.


The decision regarding the mode of delivery should consider patient wishes and the experience of the health care provider. This is called a vertex presentation.

Even in academic medical centers where faculty support for teaching vaginal breech delivery to residents remains high, there may be insufficient volume of vaginal breech deliveries to adequately teach this procedure 2.

ACOG Committee Opinion No. 340. Mode of term singleton breech delivery.

However, the risk of complications presentqtion higher with a planned vaginal delivery than with a planned cesarean delivery.

If a problem occurs, a cesarean delivery can be performed quickly, if necessary. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes the following recommendations: External cephalic version should be attempted only in settings in which cesarean delivery services are readily available.

Natl Vital Stat Rep ;52 Inappropiate use of randomised trials to evaluate complex phenomena: At 2 years postpartum, the majority of women The number of practitioners with the skills and experience to perform vaginal breech delivery has decreased. However, some fetuses who are successfully turned with ECV pgesentation back into a breech presentation.

During pregnancy, it can be used to examine the fetus.

Having a cesarean delivery also can lead to serious problems in future pregnancies, such as rupture of brerch uterus and complications involving the placenta. Neuraxial analgesia to increase the success rate of external cephalic version: Premature Rupture of Membranes: