Comparing treatment options

  Vaginal breech birth Planned cesarean section
What is involved?

Give birth the natural way. The feet or the buttocks come first and the head comes out last. You can wait for the natural start of the delivery.

An operation in the abdomen.

The operation takes place 1 week before the due date.

How long does it take? After a natural delivery, you can go home after a few hours. You will feel better again in a few days. The cesarean section lasts for about 1 hour. Then you stay in the hospital for 2-3 days. Total recovery time is 6 weeks.
  Children who are born vaginally develop just as well as children delivered by cesarean section.  
What are the results?

Less pain after birth.

Faster recovery after the birth and shorter hospital stay.

Greater likelihood of vaginal delivery with next birth.

No operation so therefore no chances of complications from the surgery.

Lower chance of complications for the mother after birth.

A planned date on which the birth takes.

With a cesarean section there is a lower chance of complications for the child.

What are the possible complications?

For yourself:

  • 45 out of 100 still have a cesarean section.

For the child:

  • 4 out of 1000 children have serious complications.

For yourself:

  • 17 out of 100 women experience small complications such as bleeding, infection or bowel movement problems.
  • 5 out 1000 women get a major complication such as damage to the bowel or bladder or a blood clot in the lungs.

For the child:

  • 1 out 1000 children have a major complication.

The Future:

  • 3 out of 1000 children will die during the next delivery.