Report of a breech cesarean section maternal death

Birth. 2011 Jun;38(2):159-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2010.00463.x. Epub 2011 Mar 10.


In Australia in 2007, a woman with two previous normal vaginal deliveries underwent an emergency cesarean section at full dilatation of the cervix with a breech presentation. The woman died after a severe hemorrhage. The official Coroner's Report attributed the cause of death to postpartum hemorrhage, whereas the breech presentation was barely mentioned, suggesting that complications with breech cesarean deliveries are under-appreciated and under-reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Breech Presentation / mortality*
  • Breech Presentation / surgery*
  • Cesarean Section*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy