A breech birth does not have to mean a caesarean birth. If you are pregnant with a breech baby then we would advise you to read as much as you can about breech birth. You can then discuss the risks and benefits of a breech birth with your midwife or doctor.
Web resources on breech babies and breech birth
- Breech Birth Australia and New Zealand – A group of mothers and midwives who offer social support and information to women pregnant with breech babies. They also support those who have given birth to breech babies.
- Coalition for breech – This website is dedicated to filling the gap in the informed choice discussion on breech birth. It offers women evidence-based information alongside the vital support they need to make their own decisions.
- Spinning Babies – A great resource on breech pregnancy, choices and birth.
- James’s breech birth story – by Sophie S
- Upright positioning in breech births – article by Dr Andrew Bisits
Term Breech Trial
The Term Breech Trial is an internationally conducted randomised controlled trial into breech birth. It concluded that caesarean section was the preferred birth option. However, this study has been heavily criticised because it has given conflicting results. In places where vaginal breech births are common, there were good results for vaginal breech births. In those hospitals where breech babies were born almost always born caesarean, babies born as a vaginal breech during the trial had poorer outcomes when compared to caesarean birth. Independent reviewers of this trial suggest that where the caregiver has not gained or retained the skill of assisting at vaginal breech birth a caesarean birth is preferable to a vaginal birth. You can see the abstract of the trial at The Lancet.