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Type: Journal article
Title: Women's knowledge of options for birth after caesarean section
Author: Chen, M.
Mattner, H.
Citation: Women and Birth, 2012; 25(3):19-26
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1871-5192
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Meiman M. Chen and Heather Hancock
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: In Australia, the Caesarean Section rate has risen from 21.8% to 31.1% (2010) in a decade; in South Australia the rate was 32.2% in 2009. Caesarean Section is a life saving intervention in certain circumstances, but also a major surgical procedure with potential adverse effects on both mother and baby. The aim of this study was to ascertain the determinants of knowledge regarding options for subsequent birth in women who have experienced a previous Caesarean Section with a live baby. METHOD: A sample of 33 women in South Australia who had a previous Caesarean Section were surveyed to assess their awareness of birth options and their advantages versus disadvantages as well as the possible factors influencing their information gathering and decision-making on birth options for their subsequent pregnancy. FINDINGS: Most women perceived Caesarean Section to be major surgery but 69.6% were not aware that babies might have problems with breastfeeding, 60.6% did not know the rarity of uterine rupture during labour and/or birth and 48.5% were not aware that a caesarean may involve any complications for the baby at or after birth. CONCLUSION: Women's knowledge deficits relating to risks and benefits of birth options after previous caesarean can constrain them as most women chose caesarean rather than normal birth in their subsequent pregnancy.
Keywords: Humans; Pregnancy Complications; Cesarean Section, Repeat; Vaginal Birth after Cesarean; Questionnaires; Cross-Sectional Studies; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Mothers; Decision Making; Choice Behavior; Residence Characteristics; Pregnancy; Socioeconomic Factors; Adult; Rural Population; Urban Population; Australia; Female; Young Adult
Rights: © 2011 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier Australia (a division of ReedInternational Books Australia Pty Ltd). All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020121845
DOI: 10.1016/j.wombi.2011.08.001
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