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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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Cesarean delivery will be the preferred mode of delivery for most physicians because of the diminishing expertise in vaginal breech delivery. External cephalic version ECV is an attempt to turn the fetus so that he or she is head down. A normal position assumed by a fetus in which the head is positioned down ready to be born first.

If there is pressure put on the cord or it becomes pinched, it can decrease the flow of blood and oxygen through the cord to the baby. Two people may be needed to perform ECV. During pregnancy, it can be used to examine the fetus. As the fetus grows bigger, there is less room for him or her to move. Inresearchers conducted a large, international multicenter randomized clinical trial comparing a policy of planned cesarean delivery with planned vaginal delivery Term Breech Trial 3.

Am J Obstet Gynecol ; The benefits of planned cesarean delivery remained for all subgroups identified by the baseline variables eg, older and younger women, nulliparous and multiparous women, frank and complete type of breech presentation.

The health care professional performs ECV by placing his or her hands on your abdomen. Since that time, there have been additional publications that modify the original conclusions of the Term Breech Trial. Although they are not randomized trials, these reports detail the outcomes of specific management protocols and document the potential safety of a vaginal delivery in the properly selected patient.

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Only rpesentation of the 16 infants who died in the neonatal period were from centers participating in presetnation follow-up to 2 years one in the planned cesarean delivery group, five in the planned vaginal delivery groupand most of the children with serious neonatal morbidity after birth survived and developed normally. Maternal outcomes at 2 years after planned cesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term: The decision regarding the mode of delivery should consider patient wishes and the experience of the health care provider.


If this happens, ECV may be tried again. 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. All ACOG committee members and authors have submitted a conflict of presentafion disclosure statement related to this published product. 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.

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. 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: A muscular organ located in the female pelvis that contains and nourishes the developing fetus during pregnancy.

Neuraxial analgesia to increase the success rate of external cephalic version: With each cesarean delivery, these risks increase. A recent retrospective observational report reviewed neonatal outcomes in the Netherlands before and after the publication of the Term Breech Trial 8.

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

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

Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use. You usually need to meet certain guidelines specific to your hospital. The decision regarding the mode of delivery should depend on the experience of the health care provider. A condition in which the membranes that hold the amniotic fluid rupture before labor. Another report noted similar outcomes in women with planned vaginal delivery 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.


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

Outcomes of children at 2 years after planned cesarean birth versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term: More than one half of attempts at ECV succeed. ECV usually is done near a delivery room. External cephalic version should be attempted only in settings in which cesarean delivery services are readily available.

The number of practitioners with the skills and experience to perform vaginal breech delivery has decreased. In the last weeks of pregnancy, fetuses usually move so that their heads are positioned to come out of the vagina first during birth.

J Reprod Med ; Planned caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term: It can slip into the vagina before the baby is delivered.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, posted on the Internet, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher. Most children, of 1, However, some fetuses who are successfully turned with ECV move back into a breech presentation.

Variations, taking into account the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations unique to the institution or type of practice, may be appropriate. The effect of the Term Breech Trial on medical intervention behaviour and neonatal outcome in The Netherlands: Planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech fetus may be reasonable under hospital-specific protocol guidelines for eligibility and labor management.

This information should not be considered as presentatkon of all proper treatments or methods of care or as a statement of the standard of care. They found that the reduction in beeech attributable to planned cesarean delivery was greatest among centers in industrialized nations with low overall perinatal mortality rates 0. The initial criteria used in these reports were similar: