malpresentation and malposition

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Malpresentation is the situation where a foetus within the uterus is in any position that is not cephalic - i.e. head down.

Malposition is any cephalic position other than occiput anterior.

The most common malpresentation is a breech presentation, occuring in 3% of term births (the incidence is higher at earlier stages of gestation, however the tendency is to rotate to a cephalic presentation with time)

Last reviewed 01/2018