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The Term Breech Trial Ten Years On: Primum Non Nocere?


  • Gerald W. Lawson MD, MRCOG, FRANZCOG

    1. Gerald W. Lawson is a former Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
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Address correspondence to Gerald W. Lawson, MD, MRCOG, FRANZCOG, 35 Hebburn Street, Hamilton, NSW 2303, Australia.


Abstract:  In 2000, the Term Breech Trial was published, and its authors recommended cesarean section as the safest mode of delivery for breech-presenting babies. Criticisms of the trial were raised at the time, which the authors dismissed. Since then, maternal deaths have been recorded among women undergoing cesarean sections for breech presentations. Accordingly, those initial criticisms deserve to be revisited. (BIRTH 39:1 March 2012)