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Unexpected breech: what can midwives do?

Walker, S. & Cochrane, V. (2015). Unexpected breech: what can midwives do?. The Practising Midwife, 18(10), pp. 26-29.


Approximately 1:100-150 women at term experience diagnosis of breech presentation for the first time in labour. Such an unanticipated discovery is stressful for both women and the health care professionals who care for them. Undiagnosed breech experiences can leave midwives and women elated, distressed or disempowered. This article suggests practical ways midwifery change leaders can improve care for undiagnosed breeches within organisations: plan or scan antenatally, and identify a multi-disciplinary breech leadership team for support, reflection and collaborative professional development.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright The Practising Midwife 2015
Publisher Keywords: breech presentation, undiagnosed breech, intrapartum care, midwifery
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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