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BJOG. 2019 Jan 24. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15627. [Epub ahead of print]

Interpretation of Caesarean Section Classifications.

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1
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.
2
Julius Global Health, Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.
3
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana.
4
School of Medicine and Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana.

Abstract

Caesarean sections (CS) are among the most common surgeries in the world. When performed for the right indication, this procedure can be life saving for women and babies. However, serious complications may follow in current and future pregnancies. The recent Lancet series "Optimising CS use" underlines the "global obstetric dilemma" previously identified: all women should have access to essential and safe surgery, but the alarming number of unnecessary CS must be halted (Visser etal, Lancet 2018;392:1286-1287, Rijken etal, Lancet 2015;386:1941) as these do not result in better health outcomes and harm women and their children. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID:
30676697
DOI:
10.1111/1471-0528.15627

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