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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If there is pressure put on the cord or it becomes presentatiion, it can decrease the flow of blood and oxygen through the cord to the baby.

Given the results of this exceptionally large and well-controlled clinical trial, the American Bfeech of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice in recommended that planned vaginal delivery presentatikn a term singleton breech was no longer appropriate.

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 preesentation, or the placenta is in the wrong place acof has detached from the wall of the uterus placental abruption. Beech recent retrospective observational report reviewed neonatal outcomes in the Netherlands before and after the publication of the Term Breech Trial 8.

Finally, a planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech fetus may be reasonable under hospital-specific guidelines 12, By feeling where the fetus’s head, back, and buttocks are, it may be possible to find out what part of the fetus is presenting first. Planned caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term: The type of anesthesia used sometimes causes problems.

All abnormal results were further evaluated with a clinical neurodevelopment assessment. Mode of delivery and outcome of term singleton breech deliveries at a single center.

Obstetrician—gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should offer external cephalic version as an alternative to planned cesarean for a woman who has a term singleton breech fetus, desires a planned vaginal delivery of a vertex-presenting fetus, and has no contraindications 9.

Inthe rate of cesarean deliveries for women in labor with breech presentation was A condition in which the membranes that hold the amniotic fluid rupture before labor.

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. If a problem occurs, a cesarean delivery can be performed presentatiln, if necessary. ECV usually is done preswntation a delivery room. Neuraxial analgesia to increase the success rate of external cephalic version: A planned vaginal birth of a single breech fetus may be considered in some situations.


A condition in which the placenta has begun to separate from the inner presentatiin of the uterus before the baby is born.

Mode of Term Singleton Breech Delivery – ACOG

A tube-like structure surrounded by muscles leading from the uterus to the outside of the body. External cephalic version should be attempted only in settings in which cesarean delivery services are readily available 9. Effect of regional anesthesia on the success rate of external cephalic version: The frequency of adverse events was not significantly different between groups receiving and not receiving regional anesthesia for external cephalic version Having a cesarean delivery also can lead to serious problems in future pregnancies, such as rupture of the uterus and complications involving the placenta.

If you have further questions, contact your obstetrician—gynecologist.

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

The information does not dictate an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed and should not be construed as excluding other acceptable methods of practice. Inresearchers conducted a large, international multicenter randomized clinical trial comparing a policy of planned cesarean delivery with planned vaginal delivery Term Breech Trial 3.

Obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should offer external cephalic version as an alternative to planned cesarean for a woman who has a term singleton breech fetus, desires a planned vaginal delivery of a vertex-presenting fetus, and has no contraindications.

Oxytocin induction or augmentation was not offered, and strict criteria presenattion established for normal presentaton progress. ECV tends to be harder to do as the time for birth gets closer.

Planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech fetus may be reasonable under hospital-specific protocol guidelines for eligibility and labor management. Firm pressure is applied to the abdomen so that the fetus rolls into a head-down position.

If Your Baby Is Breech – ACOG

The initial criteria used in these reports were similar: Singleton vaginal breech delivery at term: 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, presentatino, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher. More than one half of attempts at ECV succeed.


However, some fetuses who are successfully turned with ECV move back into a breech presentation. During pregnancy, it can be used to examine the fetus.

Women’s Health Care Physicians

Another report noted similar outcomes in women with planned vaginal delivery The same researchers have published three follow-up studies examining maternal outcomes at 3 months postpartum, as vreech as outcomes for mothers and children 2 years after the births 4—6. Like any major surgery, cesarean delivery may be complicated by infection, bleeding, or injury to internal organs. Variations, taking into account the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations aocg to the institution or type of practice, may be appropriate.

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Another explanation is that the use of pooled mortality and morbidity data at the time of birth overstated the true long-term risks of vaginal delivery 7. If this presentatoin, ECV may be tried again.

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: All ACOG committee members and authors have submitted a conflict of interest disclosure statement related to this published product. 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.

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.

In this cohort, 17 out of 18 children with serious morbidity in the original study were normal at this month follow-up. Cochrane Database of Systematic ReviewsIssue 4. The risks of planned vaginal breech delivery versus planned caesarean section for term breech birth: Offering external cephalic version provides an breecn to potentially reduce cesarean delivery for these pregnancies 10, Some factors that may contribute to a fetus being in a breech presentation include the following:.