Re-engaging with vaginal breech birth: A philosophical discussion

Ruth Sanders, Dianne Steele

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The philosophical debate as to whether midwives are equipped to support women requesting vaginal breech birth continues, yet midwives are deemed able to conduct a vaginal breech birth in an ‘emergency’ scenario. The International Breech Birth Conference (2012) prompted the discussion of how midwives can revisit the facilitation of vaginal breech birth as a normal birth phenomenon in the post-Term Breech Trial era. The conference delegates concluded that vaginal breech birth is indeed a safe option with strict criteria and experienced practitioners in place. However, a cultural shift is required in the midwifery community to re-skill and reinvigorate vaginal breech practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-331
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • Breech birth
  • midwife

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