The case for and against vaginal breech delivery
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
2008 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 139–144, July 2008
How to Cite
Deans, C. L. and Penn, Z. (2008), The case for and against vaginal breech delivery. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, 10: 139–144. doi: 10.1576/toag.10.3.139.27415
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
- caesarean section;
- maternal morbidity;
- maternal mortality;
- perinatal morbidity;
- perinatal mortality
- • Critics continue to raise doubts about the conclusions of the Term Breech Trial.
- • Subsequent European population studies have also concluded that the breech neonate benefits from elective caesarean section.
- • Smaller population studies demonstrate the success of vaginal delivery in selected populations.
- • To be aware of criticisms of the Term Breech Trial and other literature that contradicts its findings.
- • To understand the difficulties of selecting suitable women for trial of vaginal breech delivery.
- • To be able to use current evidence when counselling women about their delivery options.
- • How can the neonatal advantages of caesarean delivery be balanced with maternal morbidity and the potential for complications in future pregnancies?
- • Should vaginal breech delivery still be considered a safe mode of delivery?
Please cite this article as: Deans CL, Penn Z. The case for and against vaginal breech delivery. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2008;10:139–144.