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New guidelines for caesarean sections

1st November 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued new draft guidance on the availability of caesarean sections on the NHS.

The draft guidance is the first update since 2004. The guidelines do not recommend, as has been reported in the press, that all women should be offered a caesarean section. The NHS Choices website states: "Rather, they state the medical circumstances where one is recommended and where one is not, and discuss the options that are available when a woman has a preference for a caesarean over a vaginal birth."

 

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