OptiBreech Care Trial
This is a non-randomised trial. We will observe outcomes for a large group of women with a breech-presenting baby who are planning OptiBreech Care or have a vaginal breech birth at the end of pregnancy.
- Participant Information – consider whether you will give us permission to collect your data and contact you for follow-up surveys. (Download here.)
- Information about OptiBreech Care – this is information specifically about the care you will be receiving and information we know so far about safety (Download here.)
- Participating Sites
- Frequently asked questions
Further Information about Breech Birth
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Guideline: Management of Breech Presentation (2017) – This guideline contains the evidence-based information everyone should receive when deciding upon how to give birth to their breech baby.
Sources of Support
OptiBreech PPI and Participants Facebook Group: This is a group of OptiBreech PPI members who have experienced a breech pregnancy within the NHS, or have supported other women who have, and women, other birthing people and/or their families who have participated in the OptiBreech Project. The group arose out of the interests of the PPI group in providing a source of support to those planning a vaginal breech birth, and in listening to the experiences of those within the OptiBreech Project to help guide the research.
If you are reflecting on a previous or current birth experience after participating in the OptiBreech Project, either as a pregnant person or a PPI Group (Patient and Public Involvement) member, and you feel you need more support, we want to help. You may feel that you just need to talk through your experience, or you may want to provide constructive feedback to improve care for others. Here are some sources of support:
Birth Reflections Service: Most Trusts offer a Birth Reflections service. The purpose is to help you talk through your birth with the help of a qualified and experienced midwife. If you cannot identify how to contact your local Birth Reflections Service, the OptiBreech research team will help you.
PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service): Each local hospital has PALS officers who offer confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. They can help you resolve concerns or give you information about the NHS compaints procedure, including how to get independent help. They also help to improve the NHS by listening to your concerns and suggetsions. If you cannot identify how to contact your local PALS service, the OptiBreech research team will help you.
Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP): This is an NHS working group of women, birthing people and their families, commissioner and maternity services staff collaborating to review and develop local maternity care. It is led by an independent lay chair who ensures service users are represented. This group can listen to your feedback and help you to influence local services. If you cannot identify how to contact your local MVP, the OptiBreech research team will help you.