The research concluded that the risks of a baby dying or suffering complications after a vaginal breech delivery were ‘significantly higher’ than after a planned caesarean section, has been commented on by the RCM.
“This is an interesting topic where some studies have had a significant impact in changing practice, reducing women’s choice, and to some extent contributing to the rising numbers of caesarean sections globally,” Practice and Standards Professional Advisor at the RCM, Mervi Jokinen said.
According to BJOG, their research conclusion also claimed that the chances of risks to a baby after a vaginal breech delivery were low.
The RCM also said that, while this research was an interesting one, the risks come down to individual cases.
“The authors conclude even combining all the studies does not necessarily give the right answers on an individual level. All births carry an element of risk, however small. The important issue here is that women are aware of the evidence around breech birth, including the risks and the benefits of either a vaginal delivery or caesarean, so they can make a decision about how they want to give birth.
“It is important that they discuss this with their midwife or doctor who will offer advice and support.”