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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It can slip into the vagina before the baby is delivered.

Cochrane Database of Systematic ReviewsIssue 4. The number of practitioners with the skills and experience to perform vaginal breech delivery has decreased. Today, most fetuses that are breech are born by planned cesarean delivery.

However, most fetuses in a breech presentation are otherwise normal. Planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech fetus may be reasonable under hospital-specific protocol guidelines for eligibility and labor management. The decision regarding the mode of delivery should depend on the acoy of the health care provider.

Mode of Term Singleton Breech Delivery – ACOG

The same researchers have published three follow-up studies examining maternal outcomes at 3 months postpartum, as well as outcomes for mothers and children 2 years after the births 4—6.

Natl Vital Stat Rep ;52 In the last weeks of pregnancy, fetuses usually move so that their heads are positioned to come out of the vagina first during birth.

However, the risk of complications is higher with a planned vaginal delivery than with a planned cesarean delivery. At 2 years postpartum, the majority of women Obstetricians should offer and perform external cephalic version whenever possible. There are several explanations for this seemingly contradictory finding.

ACOG Committee Opinion No. 745: Mode of Term Singleton Breech Delivery.

Am J Obstet Gynecol ; All ACOG committee members and authors have submitted a conflict of interest disclosure statement related to this published product. The frequency of adverse events was not significantly different between groups receiving and not receiving regional anesthesia for external cephalic version Like any major surgery, cesarean delivery may be complicated by infection, bleeding, or injury to internal organs.

ECV will not be tried if you are carrying more than one fetus, there are concerns about the health of the fetus, you have certain abnormalities of the reproductive system, or the placenta is in the wrong place or has detached from the wall of the uterus placental abruption.


If a vaginal breech delivery is planned, a detailed informed consent should be documented-including risks that perinatal or neonatal mortality or short-term serious neonatal morbidity may be higher than if a cesarean delivery is planned. J Reprod Med ; At 3 months postpartum, the risk of urinary incontinence was lower for women in pfesentation planned cesarean delivery group; however, there was no difference at 2 years.

Maternal outcomes at 2 years after planned cesarean section versus planned vaginal breech for breech presentation at term: Occasionally fetuses with certain birth defects will not turn into the head-down position before birth. Given the results of this exceptionally large and well-controlled clinical trial, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice in recommended that planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech was no longer appropriate.

One report noted women in a vaginal breech trial with no perinatal morbidity and mortality External cephalic version should be attempted only in settings in which cesarean delivery services are readily available.

Current evidence demonstrates short-term benefits in neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality from planned cesarean delivery of the term fetus with a breech presentation.

In this cohort, 17 out of 18 children with serious morbidity in the original study were normal at this month follow-up. The risk of death or neurodevelopmental delay was no different in the planned cesarean delivery group compared with the planned vaginal delivery group 14 children [3.

ACOG Committee Opinion No. Mode of Term Singleton Breech Delivery.

This Committee Opinion is bredch as highlighted to reflect a limited, focused change in the evidence regarding external cephalic version for breech presentation at term. Two people may be needed to perform ECV. A survey of faculty attitudes. Before embarking on a plan for a vaginal breech delivery, women should be prsentation that the risk of perinatal or neonatal mortality or short-term serious neonatal morbidity may be higher than if a cesarean delivery is planned.

If you have further questions, contact your obstetrician—gynecologist. Mode of term singleton breech delivery.

More than one half of attempts at ECV succeed. The health care professional performs ECV by placing his or her hands on your abdomen.


If the fetus is breech and you are between 36 weeks breeech 38 weeks of pregnancy, your health care professional may suggest ECV. Of interest, a decrease in mortality also was seen in the emergency cesarean delivery group and the vaginal delivery group, a finding that the authors attribute to better selection of candidates for vaginal breech delivery.

It can improve your chance of having a vaginal birth.

Women’s Health Care Physicians

Your health care professional may be able to tell which way your fetus is facing by placing his or her hands at certain points on your abdomen. The fetus’s heart rate is checked with fetal monitoring before and after ECV. The type of anesthesia used sometimes causes problems.

The effect of the Term Breech Trial on medical intervention behaviour and neonatal outcome in The Netherlands: The decision regarding the mode of delivery should consider patient wishes and the experience of the health care provider. Inappropiate use of randomised trials to evaluate complex phenomena: A condition in which the placenta lies very low in the uterus, so that the opening of the uterus is partially or completely covered.

A tube-like structure surrounded by muscles leading from the uterus to the outside of the body. This information is designed as an educational resource to aid clinicians in providing obstetric and gynecologic care, and use of this information is voluntary.

Planned caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term: Term Breech Trial Collaborative Group. You usually need to meet certain guidelines specific to your hospital. All abnormal results were further evaluated with a clinical neurodevelopment assessment. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists makes the following recommendations: 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.

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