Term: Fetal Malpresentation

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-11-05


Presenting of the fetus to the lower pole of the uterus during childbirth in a position other than cephalic (head end of the body). Malpresentations strictly include breech and shoulder presentation (transverse lie), but can also incorporate face and brow presentations. (Simm A, 2007).

Related terms 


  • Simm A. Fetal malpresentation. Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine 2007;17(10):283-288.(View)

Term used in 

  • Heaman M, Kingston D, Helewa M, Brownell M, Derksen S, Bogdanovic B, McGowan K, Bailly A. Perinatal Services and Outcomes in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2012. [Summary] [Full Report] [Errata] (View)