Any pregnant woman who wants a caesarean section should not be denied it, says NICE

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 23 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7632
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

All pregnant women who ask for an elective caesarean section should be allowed one if they still want the procedure after being made aware of its risks and benefits, the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says.

NICE’s updated clinical guideline on caesarean sections, published this week, recognises for the first time mental health problems as well as physical conditions as possible indicators for a caesarean section. It says that most women who ask for a caesarean section do so because they are anxious about childbirth (have tokophobia) and should be offered mental health support if they need it. If their fears are not allayed by this support, they should be offered an elective caesarean.

But it also …

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