Report of a Breech Cesarean Section Maternal Death


Address correspondence to Gerald Wightman Lawson MD, FRANZCOG, 35 Hebburn Street, Hamilton, New South Wales 2303, Australia.


In Australia in 2007, a woman with two previous normal vaginal deliveries underwent an emergency cesarean section at full dilatation of the cervix with a breech presentation. The woman died after a severe hemorrhage. The official Coroner’s Report attributed the cause of death to postpartum hemorrhage, whereas the breech presentation was barely mentioned, suggesting that complications with breech cesarean deliveries are under-appreciated and under-reported. (BIRTH 38:2 June 2011)