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Method of Breech Management Incorporating Use of Fetal Blood Sampling

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5842.703 (Published 23 December 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:703
  1. B. W. Eliot,
  2. J. G. Hill

    Abstract

    We have developed a method of breech management based on the use of fetal blood sampling. Twenty-five cases were studied throughout labour, and fetal blood samples taken throughout the first and second stages. These showed that the Apgar score at one minute correlated closely with the fetal pH just before delivery. We believe that cord compression is an important variable factor which can be assessed only by fetal blood sampling. If this shows that fetal anoxia is becoming severe then immediate delivery is mandatory.