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Psychological aspects of caesarean section.

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  • 1Department of General Practice and Primary Care, Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, King's College London, 5 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6SP, UK.


This chapter gives an overview of research relating to psychological aspects of caesarean section. It focuses on four main questions: *What are the psychological effects of caesarean section on the mother, her partner and her relationship with her infant? *What factors (obstetric, psychological, attitudinal, and health care-related) make women more vulnerable to adverse psychological outcomes after a caesarean section? *What are women distressed about when they have had a caesarean section? *How can post-caesarean psychological distress be prevented or managed?A methodological critique of existing studies on psychological aspects of caesarean section is also given. In conclusion, recommendations for practice and for future research are made.

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