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Rebozo and External Cephalic Version in breech presentation (RECEIVE): A randomised controlled study

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  • Mie Gaarskjaer de Wolff
  • Monica Ladekarl
  • Laura Sparholt
  • Jacob Alexander Lykke
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate if a hospital-initiated home-based rebozo intervention performed by the pregnant woman and her partner before external cephalic version (ECV) would increase the rate of cephalic presentations at birth.

DESIGN: A multicentre randomised controlled trial.

SETTING: Three university hospitals in Copenhagen, Denmark.

POPULATION: Pregnant women with a breech or transverse presentation at 35 weeks or more of gestation eligible for ECV.

METHODS: We compared rebozo before ECV with ECV alone. The randomisation was computer-generated in blocks and stratified by parity. The woman and her partner were instructed in the technique by a project midwife and performed the technique at home three times daily for 3-5 days before the scheduled ECV. Analyses were by intention-to-treat.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: The number of cephalic presentations at the time of birth. Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated.

RESULTS: A total of 372 women were randomly assigned (1:1) to either rebozo intervention (n = 187) or control (n = 185). At birth, 95 (51%) in the intervention group versus 112 (62%) in the control group had a fetus in cephalic presentation (OR 0.61; 95% CI 0.40-0.95). No adverse events were observed in relation to the intervention.

CONCLUSIONS: In breech or transverse presentation, home-based rebozo exercise before ECV lowered the overall rate of cephalic presentation at birth.

TWEETABLE ABSTRACT: Home-based rebozo for breech presentation before external version reduces the rate of cephalic presentation at birth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17111
JournalBJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1666-1675
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022

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  • alternative medicine, breech presentation, external cephalic version, pregnancy, rebozo

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