Tuesday, September 22, 2009

42% of Canadian obstetricians support maternal request cesarean

A report on a nationwide survey of maternity care providers in Canada has found that 42% of obstetricians support cesarean delivery on maternal request, "even in the absence of a medical indication", "despite a push by their own professional body to "normalize" childbirth and reduce Canada's rising C-section rate."

549 obstetricians, 897 family physicians, 545 nurses, 400 midwives and 192 doulas from across Canada were surveyed in 2008-2009, and here are some of the findings reported:

*42% of obstetricians were in favour of a woman's right to choose a C-section without medical indication
*21% agreed with the statement that a C-section is as safe as a vaginal birth for women
*8% would choose C-section over vaginal delivery for themselves or their partners
*25% of obstetricians and family doctors believed sexual problems and urinary incontinence could be prevented by C-sections
*43% of obstetricians disagreed with the statement, "For a woman, having a vaginal birth is a more empowering experience than delivery by cesarean section."

The study is published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.

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