Wanting a caesarean section: the decision process

Weaver, Jane and Statham, Helen (2005) Wanting a caesarean section: the decision process. British Journal of Midwifery, 13 (6). pp. 370-373. ISSN 0969-4900

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Abstract

This article is the final part of a three-part study on operative birth and psychological issues. This part examines the findings from a three-year study into choice and decision-making in caesarean section (CS). Forty-four postnatal women were interviewed because they had reported making a decision about CS during pregnancy. The ideas, factors and events that influenced the women’s thoughts and decisions were explored. Most of the women who had wanted CS discussed concerns about their own safety or the well-being of the baby. Sometimes these were grounded in previous obstetric problems, but sometimes they evolved during pregnancy. Although these concerns appeared to play a major part in the woman’s decision they were sometimes not expressed to professionals. When they were expressed they were not always recognised or considered legitimate. Many women perceived CS to be safer than vaginal birth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Caesarean section; Decision-making; Operative birth
Subjects: Medicine and health > Midwifery
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 11:03
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 10:16
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/108

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