International Network

To contact our international network colleagues regarding physiological breech training in their own countries please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Portrait shot of a brunette woman wearing glasses and in a white doctors uniform Dr Anke Reitter a member of the International Breech Birth Network

Dr. Anke Reitter, MD, FRCOG, IBCLC is a senior Obstetrician /Gynecologist in clinical practice at present lead consultant at an academic teaching Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. She got her first working experience as a doctor in England, practising there for 4 years. She successfully completed her training with becoming a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Returning to Germany, she became a specialist in perinatal medicine. Since 2003 she has practised in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at the University Hospital Frankfurt. Her special interest lies in high risk pregnancies: breech presentation, multiple pregnancies HIV-positive pregnancy care and prenatal ultrasound. In September 2012 she became a Fellow of the RCOG. She spent recently six months in Sydney Australia, at the UNSW as a visiting fellow to learn more about breech birth in Australia. She is author of several important research papers supporting breech vaginal birth, providing evidence for upright birth position and has been involved in actively supporting breech birth since more than 15 years. She has been part of an international breech community since 10 years and provides international training since.

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Portrait of a brunette man, Dr Zoltan Kovacs a member of the International Breech Birth Network

Dr. Zoltán Kovács is an attending Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Budapest, Hungary. He is the organiser of the Hungarian workshop, lecture and review article on ECV and upright breech deliveries.

Currently involved in ongoing PhD studies including: Female aerob exercises (Aviva method) and primary dysmenorea, premenstrual syndrome.

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Portrait of a blonde woman called Leonie van Rheenen a member of the International Breech Birth Network
Leonie van Rheenen, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Leonie van Rheenen is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology working in OLVG, Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Leonie completed her training in 2013 and started working in OLVG thereafter.

Leonie arranged the first Amsterdam Breech Conference “Teach the Breech” programme in July 2016 as well as the following:

Publications include:

  • Scheele, F., Kingma, K., Benschop, M., van Rheenen, L. and Contact, M. (2018) Vaginale stuitbevalling ten onrechte in onbruik geraakt (in Dutch)
  • Schoonhoven, MR., Sonnaville, CMW., Laat, TJ., van Gils, B., van Rheenen-Flach, LE. and van Pampus, MG. Evaluatie van vijf jaar stuitbevallingen in het OLVG Amsterdam: een retrospectieve cohortstudie (in Dutch)
  • Post, WM., Vlemmix, F., de Hundt, M. and van Rheenen, LE. (2018) Does vaginal breech delivery have a future despite low volumes for training? Results of a questionnaire. Our J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 19;229:123-126. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2018.08.020.
  • Velzel, J., Slutter, TJ., Vinkenvleugel, DA., van Pampus, MG., van Rheenen, LE. and Hermsen, BB. (awaiting acceptance) Regional differences in external cephalic version and management of vaginal breech delivery; a survey in The Netherlands.
  • Vinkenvleugel, D., Slutter, T., van Rheenen-Flach, L., de Sonnaville, C., Hermsen, B. Velzel, J. and van Pampus, M. (awaiting acceptance) Breech deliveries in OLVG, The Netherlands: a retrospective cohort study of seven years.

Leonie’s further areas of interest are psychiatry and pregnancy, breastfeeding and shared decision making. Leonie also has gynaecology special interests in chronic pelvic pain and unexplained abdominal pain.

George Haroun

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Prince Charles Hospital, Wales. Labour Ward Lead, PROMPT Lead, PI for the Optibreech trial at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

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