Breech Birth: Optimal Maternal Positioning

This 10 minute presentation on breech birth looks at how maternal position affects pelvic diameters and discusses the influence midwives and medical practitioners have on position during birth.

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(The obstetric bed: resistance in action and Active breech birth: the point of least resistance) may also be of interest in relation to this presentation.


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