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Due to the minimal data available about physiological breech birth practice and breech birth teams in a UK setting, we will share our outcomes to support women’s decision-making about participation in the study. Outcomes are reported in blocks of 5 to preserve anonymity.

Women are eligible for participation in the OptiBreech 1 study if they have requested support for a vaginal breech birth, and the team are able to care for the woman within their current guideline and experience level. All of these women have been planning a vaginal breech birth with NHS care in the UK.

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS 7
women having their first baby (nulliparous)457%
women who have had a baby before (multiparous)343%
MODE OF BIRTH (total completed births)5
vaginal breech birth480%
caesarean section in labour120%
pre-labour caesarean section0
cephalic (head-first) birth0
ADVERSE OUTCOMES0
admissions to the neonatal unit0
stillbirth or neonatal death (within 28 days of birth)0
OPTIBREECH ATTENDANCE5
someone present who had completed physiological breech birth training5100%
someone present who met all proficiency criteria5100%
VAGINAL BREECH BIRTHS4
maternal movement and effort were encouraged prior to hands-on intervention375%
no intervention required125%
Less than 5 minutes elapsed between the birth of the pelvis and the birth of the head4100%
MATERNAL BIRTH POSITION
upright (kneeling, hands and knees, standing, squatting)4100%
supine (lying on the back, semi-sitting, lithotomy stirrups)0

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