Midwife care in external cephalic version

Section: Práctica Clínica

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González Nicolás I, Marcos Peña S, Fernández Pernía B, Sadornil Vicario E, Albillos Alonso L, Espinilla Sanz B. Cuidados de la matrona en la versión cefálica externa. Metas Enferm feb 2018; 21(1):28-32.


Inés González Nicolás1, Susana Marcos Peña1, Beatriz Fernández Pernía1, Ester Sadornil Vicario2, Laura Albillos Alonso1, Beatriz Espinilla Sanz3


1Matrona. Hospital Universitario de Burgos2Matrona. Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla (Santander)3Matrona. Hospital Santos Reyes. Aranda de Duero (Burgos)

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Inés González Nicolás. Avenida de Cantabria, 75. 09006 Burgos.

Contact email: inesgn1982@yahoo.es


External cephalic version (ECV) is an obstetric manoeuvre intended to change a breech or transversal fetal presentation into cephalic, more favourable in terms of delivery. The midwife, as a member of the multidisciplinary team, will be present during this procedure, implementing any necessary measures for a comprehensive care of the pregnant woman. The objective of this article is to present the clinical case of a pregnant woman during the ECV procedure. The nursing care plan is prepared on the basis of Virginia Henderson’s basic needs, and guided by the NANDA-NIC-NOC taxonomy, where three nursing diagnoses will be identified as the basis for conducting this nursing process: fear, acute pain and risk of alteration of the maternal/fetal dyad. The application of this healthcare plan represented an improvement in women care and work organization.


breech presentation; fetal version; care plan; nursing care

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Cuidados de la matrona en la versión cefálica externa