“Practical insight into upright breech birth from birth videos: a structured analysis” is now available on-line! (Reitter, Halliday and Walker, 2020, Birth – https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12480) This paper represents a few years of hard work by Anke Reitter, me and our Research Assistant, Alexandra Halliday. It contains insights into birth timings and the mechanisms as observed in upright […]
Is the appearance of nuchal cord on ultrasound a contraindication to a vaginal breech birth? What evidence is available to guide practice?
Breech Birth Network provides training to over 1000 health care professionals every year, throughout the UK and internationally. Our Physiological Breech Birth training is underpinned by the largest evidence base underpinning any available breech training programme. This includes research into: the normal parameters of progress and mechanisms of breech births; standards for professionals who attend […]
Breech clinical teaching teams deliver the only intervention associated in a randomised trial with an improvement in neonatal outcomes: the presence of a skilled and experienced practitioner.
Breech teams: Defining clear, evidence-based proficiency criteria for those attending physiological breech births helps mitigate the potential risks to do with the way vaginal breech births are supported organisationally, rather than physiological breech birth itself.
Missed our Facebook Live event with Fernandez Hospitals? Watch the recording here: This month I am in Hyderabad, India, visiting Dr Evita Fernandez and UK Consultant Midwives Indie Kaur and Kate Stringer. Today at 5pm IST (that’s 11.30 GMT), we will be having a Facebook Live discussion on Breech Birth in India. This will be […]
Justifying to a seven-year-old Anubis why I’m going to Germany for my week off – and missing mothers’ day, helped crystallise objectives and motivation for this busman’s holiday* (*a form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work). “I’m going to see some babies be born bottom-first.” “Don’t you see […]
Overview We provide multi-disciplinary, RCM-approved professional updates and study days featuring core clinical skills and current research. Designed for clinical skills trainers, obstetricians, midwives, and paramedics, it will provide an engaging and interactive update on professional skills to facilitate physiological breech births, planned or unexpected, and how to teach these skills to others. The focus is […]
Will requiring consultant obstetrician presence at all vaginal breech births solve the problem? The evidence does not indicate that all obstetricians have significant skill, confidence and experience with vaginal breech birth. So this may not be the safest and most compassionate approach.
A Breech Clinical Teaching Team (‘Breech Team’) is a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians within a maternity care team who are proficient in facilitating physiological breech births, leading on breech training within the institution and attending vaginal breech births regularly in their clinical teaching role.