Less than 1 in 10 (4.2%) of mothers had a baby in the breech position (buttocks or feet first). A higher proportion of mothers aged 40 and over (6.1%) had babies in a breech presentation than did younger mothers (for example, 3.1% and 3.3%, respectively, for both mothers aged under 20 and those aged 20–24).
Only 0.7% of mothers who had a baby in the breech position had a non-instrumental vaginal birth, compared with 10% of mothers who had a caesarean section.
Women who had a multiple birth were more likely to have a baby in a breech presentation (23%, compared with 75% of mothers with a baby in the vertex presentation), based on the presentation of the first born baby.
For more information on presentation for babies see National Perinatal Data Collection annual update data table 2.35.