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Personal birth preferences and actual mode of delivery outcomes of obstetricians and gynaecologists in South West England; With comparison to regional and national birth statistics

Shaw, Elisabeth; Lightly, Katie; Dailami, Narges; Bisson, Dina

Authors

Elisabeth Shaw

Katie Lightly

Dina Bisson



Abstract

© 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. Objective: To determine personal birth preferences of obstetricians in various clinical scenarios, in particular elective caesarean section for maternal request. To determine actual rates of modes of deliveries amongst the same group. To compare the obstetrician's mode of delivery rates, to the general population.Study design: Following ethical approval, a piloted online survey link was sent via email to 242 current obstetricians and gynaecologists, (consultants and trainees) in South West England. Mode of delivery results were compared to regional and national population data, using Hospital Episode Statistics and subjected to statistical analysis.Results: The response rate was 68%. 90% would hypothetically plan a vaginal delivery, 10% would consider a caesarean section in an otherwise uncomplicated primiparous pregnancy. Of the 94/165 (60%) respondents with children (201 children), mode of delivery for the first born child; normal vaginal delivery 48%, caesarean section 26.5% (elective 8.5%, emergency 18%), instrumental 24.5% and vaginal breech 1%. Only one chose an elective caesarean for maternal request. During 2006-2011 obstetricians have the same overall actual modes of birth as the population (p = 0.9).Conclusions: Ten percent of obstetricians report they would consider requesting caesarean section for themselves/their partner, which is the lowest rate reported within UK studies. However only 1% actually had a caesarean solely for maternal choice. When compared to regional/national statistics obstetricians currently have modes of delivery that are not significantly different than the population and suggests that they choose non interventional delivery if possible.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2014
Journal European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Print ISSN 0301-2115
Electronic ISSN 1872-7654
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 181
Pages 95-98
APA6 Citation Shaw, E., Lightly, K., Shaw, E., Dailami, N., & Bisson, D. (2014). Personal birth preferences and actual mode of delivery outcomes of obstetricians and gynaecologists in South West England; With comparison to regional and national birth statistics. European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 181, 95-98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.07.005
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.07.005
Keywords mode of delivery, obstetricians, birth preferences
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.07.005
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