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Software could cut Caesarean rate

1st June 2007

UK researchers have said providing pregnant women with more information about their delivery options could prevent 4,000 Caesarean sections every year.

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According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, scientists discovered that women who had previously had one Caesarean section were "less likely" to opt for another if they made use of a computer programme to aid their choice. The system was also shown to lessen expectant mothers' anxiety.

A Caesarean delivery may contribute to the possibility of complications in baby and mother and affect prospective pregnancies. Statistics show that Caesareans performed in the UK have increased by 14% since 1980 - representing 9% of births in 1980 and 23% now.

Teams from the University of Bristol and the University of Dundee studied 742 women who had each had a Caesarean delivery. The women were divided into three groups and received either "traditional care," or a basic computer programme with information about delivery options, or a more "detailed decisions-analysis system."

The decisions-analysis system applied a question and answer format and allocated the women a "preferred option" depending on what answers they gave.

The results showed 37% of women in the decision-analysis group had a vaginal birth in comparison to 30% of the "traditional care" group and 29% of the basic programme group.

Professor James Walker of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: "It is very important to get information to women to help them to make a decision, so anything that improves their ability to get that information is a benefit."

He told the BBC that 75% of women who had previously had a Caesarean delivery could go on to have a "successful natural delivery for a subsequent pregnancy."


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charles linskaill

Friday 1st June 2007 @ 21:59

At last this is good news for an expectant "Mother to be" but...
Now in some ways this report makes me really annoyed, I've known it for years!!!!
Of course the conveyor belt and lying on your back to give birth is the "WORST POSSIBLE WAY" to have a Baby, its neither natural nor sensible!
It was set up years ago to keep hospitals tidy! (as it were)
Mothers to be, must be left alone to make up their own mind how they want to give Birth because I tell you what? "YES THEY KNOW BEST"
"THE BULLYING THEY GET FOR SOME OLD DECTARIAN WAY TO GIVE BIRTH" in 2007 is just not acceptable!
Cesareans do save lives but they are mostly caused by Man made policies!
Its just stupid, this report!! of course if you give a woman a choice "SHE WILL DO IT BETTER" and give Birth Naturally.


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