Journal article

Cesarean delivery or vaginal birth - A survey of patient and clinician thresholds

Susan P Walker, Elizabeth A McCarthy, Antony Ugoni, Anna Lee, Sharon Lim, Michael Permezel

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate what level of additional fetal risk women and their caregivers in late pregnancy considered acceptable to avoid a cesarean and achieve a vaginal birth. METHODS: Six hundred women in late pregnancy and 294 obstetric consultants, registrars, midwives, and medical students were recruited to the study. With the assistance of a visual probability aid representing 10,000 births, they were asked to consider what level of fetal risk of death or serious disability they would consider acceptable to avoid cesarean and achieve vaginal birth. RESULTS: The median level of fetal risk deemed acceptable to achieve a vaginal birth for pregnant women was 10 per 10,000 births (95% confide..

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