Women's attitudes towards management of breech presentation at term

J Obstet Gynaecol. 2002 Sep;22(5):486-8. doi: 10.1080/0144361021000003591.


Current advice on the management of breech presentation at term is that all uncomplicated cases should be offered external cephalic version (ECV) or an elective caesarean section. Clinical experience suggests that ECV is currently not offered as widely as advised and that the majority are delivered electively by caesarean section. We present the results of a patient attitude survey of term breech deliveries in a university teaching hospital over 12 months. The results show that half of respondents were not offered ECV and that two-thirds of these women were not eligible for ECV, either having had a previous caesarean or breech presentation diagnosed in labour. One-third of women, potentially suitable for ECV, were not made aware of their options. The majority are offered elective caesarean section with a small minority (10%) opting for planned vaginal breech delivery.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Breech Presentation*
  • Cesarean Section / psychology*
  • Cesarean Section / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third
  • Version, Fetal / psychology*
  • Version, Fetal / statistics & numerical data