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Elective caesarean section--the patient's choice?
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PMID:  12521878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
It has traditionally been considered inappropriate for women to have an elective caesarean section on request in an uncomplicated pregnancy. In previous studies, female obstetricians and midwives have been questioned on their preferred mode of delivery. This study asked 344 women attending a routine antenatal booking clinic what mode of delivery they would prefer in an uncomplicated pregnancy and why. Of the women questioned, 14.5% opted for an elective caesarean section at 39 weeks' gestation. The main reasons being to avoid maternal trauma, to avoid a prolonged labour and for fetal wellbeing. A caesarean section may have some potential benefits over a vaginal delivery and it is hard to refuse a well-informed woman an elective caesarean section on request, even if it results in a further rise in the rate of caesarean section.
G J Edwards; N J Davies
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-13     Completed Date:  2005-10-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  128-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UHW, Cardiff, UK.
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