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define malpresentation

the presenting part is not the vertex so includes the face, brow, shoulder and compound presentations and transverse lie.


define malposition

the incorrect positioning of the vertex so includes, OP, acynclitic or slight deflexion of the head


what is breech

a malpresentation or variant of normal presentation


why is presentation important?

in vertex presentation the presenting part is typically a sphere (9.5x9.5cm) which allows:
production of equal uterine contractions
production of equal cervical dilatation (with a well fitting PP)
the membranes will remain intact for longer
the cord will not prolapse


maternal factors causing malpresentation

uterine abnormalities (septum, bicornate)
pelvic mass
pelvic shape
anticonvulsant therapy
drug/alcohol abuse


fetal factors causing malpresentation

congenital abnormalities: anencephaly, hydrocephalus, myelomeningocele, prader-willi syndrome


materno-fetal factors causing malpresentation

preterm delivery, placental position, multiple pregnancy, previous history of malposition, polyhydramnios, oligohydramnios


What is the correct term for face presentation?

mento anterior position, submentobregmatic diameter


what is the correct term for brow presentation?

occiptiomental diameter.


what is the most frequent malposition?



what are the risk factors for OP?

nulliparity and maternal age over 35


how is OP diagnosed in pregnancy?

abdominal palpation
abdomen appears flattened
saucer shaped depression below umbilicus
fetal back felt away from the midline
fetal limbs easily felt
fetal head usually high
FHR heard high or at flank


what is short rotation?

15% cases occiput rotates through 45 degrees into the hollow of the sacrum
head descends into the lower pelvis in this position
this is direct/persistant OP
associated with anthropoid pelves


what is long rotation?

65% cases fetal head descends with some degree of flexion
occiput rotates in mid pelvis through 135 degrees to lie behind symphysis pubis
delivery as OA
increased incidences due to use of oxytocics to amplify uterine contractions


how to optimise fetal position antenatally?

hands and knees
gorilla stomp
pelvic rocking
avoid soft chairs for long periods of time
sitting astride dining room chair


what comfort measures can you do for an OP position?

counter pressure
heat/cold packs
bath or shower
movement, dancing, swaying, walking, on birth ball


how can you help baby turn in labour?

early diagnosis
exaggerated simms position
left lateral with elevated right leg
delay ROM for as long as possible
upright positions - pool or birth ball is best


complications surrounding persistent OP

Lengthens labour by 1 hour for Multiparous and 2 hours for Primiparous – fetal and maternal distress
Increased pain during labour – back pain and iliac fossa pain especially
Prolapsed cord- ill fitting presenting part and early SROM.
Retention of urine (sinciput presses the urethra and bladder neck against symphysis pubis)
Shape of maternal pelvis/coccyx and fetal spine/occiput makes rotation problematic
Reduces natural mechanism’s ability for flexion (pelvis bones and muscles)


complications of OP

Increased pain especially in the back
Prolonged latent phase
Deep transverse arrest
Increased use of pharmacological anaesthesia/analgesia
Prolonged 1st and 2nd stage
Increased moulding and caput (=misdiagnosis of PP)
Premature urges to push before full dilatation (maternal exhaustion)
Oedema to the cervix due to premature pushing
Increased chance of instrumental delivery
Increased chance of trauma to the vaginal tract
Psychological trauma


role of the midwife with an OP positioned baby

linking the clues
informing mother of pain relief and coping mechanisms