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Midwives would prefer a vaginal delivery

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 09 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1008
  1. Malcolm John Dickson, specialist registrar (,
  2. Mark Willett, specialist registrar
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT
  2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hope Hospital, Salford M6 8HD

    EDITOR—In 1997 a survey of female obstetricians found that 31% would choose to have a caesarean section rather than any other mode of delivery.1 To determine whether a similarly high proportion of other women who provided intrapartum care would choose a caesarean section as their preferred mode of delivery, we surveyed 135 female midwives.

    The midwives (all practising) were directly approached and asked what mode of delivery they would choose if they were pregnant for the first time, had an uncomplicated singleton …

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