Monday, January 29, 2018

How does the 2000 Term Breech Trial compare to more recent evidence on term breech?

Recent studies do not support the findings of the 2000 Term Breech Trial, a randomized controlled trial that enrolled 2,088 women.

Two large multi-center studies in France and Belgium found no difference in perinatal/neonatal mortality between planned CS and planned vaginal birth. These studies--one prospective, one retrospective--followed a total of 10,200 women and had 174 & 175 participating hospitals.

Some national registry studies have found no significant differences between planned CS and planned vaginal breech birth.

A meta-analysis and other registry studies have found some advantage to planned CS, but the advantage is significantly less pronounced than in the Term Breech Trial.

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