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Birth. 2011 Jun;38(2):159-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2010.00463.x. Epub 2011 Mar 10.

Report of a breech cesarean section maternal death.

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Gerald Wightman Lawson is a former Consultant Obstetrician, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia.


In Australia in 2007, a woman with two previous normal vaginal deliveries underwent an emergency cesarean section at full dilatation of the cervix with a breech presentation. The woman died after a severe hemorrhage. The official Coroner's Report attributed the cause of death to postpartum hemorrhage, whereas the breech presentation was barely mentioned, suggesting that complications with breech cesarean deliveries are under-appreciated and under-reported.

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