NICE advises against caesarean section on demandBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7447.1031 (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1031
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Pregnant women who request a caesarean section should not automatically get one if there are no medical reasons to support it, say new guidelines.
Instead they should be properly counselled about the merits and demerits of caesarean section and vaginal birth and how labour can be managed so that they can make a fully informed choice about the best care for themselves and their baby. If a doctor still thinks that a caesarean section is inappropriate then the request can be declined, but …