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Patient education is way to influence maternal requests for caesarean section

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 17 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:190
  1. Laurie Montgomery Irvine, Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
  1. Watford General Hospital, Watford, Hertfordshire WD1 8HB

    EDITOR—The issue of whether women who decide to have elective caesarean section should pay for it raises several important points That women request elective caesarean section for maternal rather that obstetric reasons has a considerable cost implication: at Watford General Hospital it accounted for at least 38% of all elective deliveries by caesarean section over one year.1 The reasons for such requests may in part be due to heightened public awareness and publications such as the General Medical Council's Duties of …

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