Background: Achieving a cephalic position after a successful external cephalic version (ECV) is desired to result in delivery and fetal outcomes that are similar to those of deliveries following spontaneous cephalic presentation. Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort study including patients with successful ECV following fetal breech position (ECV cohort, n = 47) or with a singleton spontaneous cephalic pregnancy at ≥37 weeks of gestational age (control group, n = 7,456) attempting a vaginal delivery between 2010 and 2013 at the University Hospital Ulm. The mode of delivery and fetal outcome parameters were compared between these 2 groups using nonparametric statistics. Results: ECV cohort and control group did not differ with respect to maternal age, parity, gestational age at birth, and fetal gender. There were no significant differences between the 2 groups with regard to all parameters indicating fetal outcome. However, the rate of cesarean sections was higher after successful ECV compared to spontaneous cephalic presentation (27.7 vs. 12.8%, OR 2.615). Conclusion: While vaginal delivery is less likely to happen after a successful ECV compared to spontaneous cephalic singleton pregnancies, fetal outcome parameters showed no difference between the 2 groups. Physicians should be counseling and encouraging women to attempt ECV, as it is a safe and effective procedure.

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