Journal article

Cesarean section and operative vaginal delivery in low-risk primiparous women, Western Australia.

AW Read, WJ Prendiville, VP Dawes, FJ Stanley

Am J Public Health | Published : 1994


OBJECTIVES: A major component of the increasing trend in cesarean sections in Western Australia is the rise in emergency cesarean sections in primiparous women. The aim of this study was to identify independent risk factors (particularly those known early in pregnancy) associated with operative delivery in low-risk primiparous women. METHODS: Retrospective multivariate logistic regression analyses of antenatal and perinatal data were conducted for all low-risk primiparous women entering labor spontaneously and giving birth in Western Australia in 1987 (n = 3641). RESULTS: Of the subjects, 58% had a spontaneous vaginal delivery, 8% had an emergency cesarean section, and 34% had an operative v..

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