Jul 15, 1979

Vaginal breech delivery or cesarean section

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
B V Lewis, H R Seneviratne


In 579 singleton breech deliveries the total perinatal mortality rate was 10.4% and the corrected perinatal mortality rate was 0.67%. There were 452 babies delivered vaginally (78.1%) and 127 delivered by cesarean section (21.9%). The perinatal mortality rate was very high in the premature breech delivery and in the low-birth-weight infant. Cesarean section should be used to avoid a traumatic vaginal delivery and it should be used more liberally in the mature breech, but it is unlikely that cesarean section rates in excess of 50% will significantly reduce the perinatal mortality mortality rate. More information is required as to whether extending the indications for cesarean section in the low-birth-weight infant will further reduce the perinatal mortality rate.

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Mentioned in this Paper

Postcesarean Section
Gestational Age
Breech Presentation
Neonatal Prematurity
Incomplete Breech Presentation
Fetal Malpresentation
Low Birth Weight Infant
Postneonatal Mortality
Obstetric Delivery

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