ACOG Committee Opinion No. 340. Mode of term singleton breech delivery

Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Jul;108(1):235-7. doi: 10.1097/00006250-200607000-00058.

Abstract

In light of recent studies that further clarify the long-term risks of vaginal breech delivery, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the decision regarding mode of delivery should depend on the experience of the health care provider Cesarean delivery will be the preferred mode for most physicians because of the diminish-ing expertise in vaginal breech delivery. Planned vaginal delivery of a term singleton breech fetus may be reasonable under hospital-specific protocol guidelines for both eligibility and labor management. Before a vaginal breech delivery is planned, women should be informed that the risk of peri-natal or neonatal mortality or short-term serious neonatal morbidity may be higher than if a cesarean delivery is planned, and the patient's informed con-sent should be documented.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Breech Presentation / therapy*
  • Cesarean Section
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Risk