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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2003 Dec 10;111(2):164-6.

Flemish obstetricians' personal preference regarding mode of delivery and attitude towards caesarean section on demand.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Antwerp University Hospital UZA, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem, Belgium. yves.jacquemyn@uza.be

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess Flemish obstetricians' preferences about mode of delivery for themselves or their partners and to determine the frequency of caesarean section on demand in Flanders.

STUDY DESIGN:

A structured anonymous postal questionnaire was sent to all 672 registered gynaecologist-obstetricians in Flanders.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 44%. In the case of an uncomplicated singleton first pregnancy with a cephalic presentation 2% preferred elective caesarean section. There was no difference between male and female obstetricians. Seventy percent said that they would never perform caesarean section on demand. At least 2.6% of all caesarean sections in Flanders seems to be performed on patient's demand.

CONCLUSION:

The attitude of Flemish gynaecologist-obstetricians is clearly in favour of vaginal delivery both for themselves, their partners and their patients.

PMID:
14597245
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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