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Letters Caesarean delivery and long term child health

Misinformation about caesarean sections

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3489
  1. Paul T-Y Ayuk, consultant obstetrician1
  1. 1Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle NE1 4LP, UK
  1. paul1ayuk{at}

The caesarean section rate remains an issue for polarised debate. If Blustein and Liu are right,1 women are choosing to give birth by a more risky route. However, this debate usually comes with a fair dose of misinformation and opinion. These authors do not disappoint.

Firstly, women with a previous caesarean do not have to decide between a caesarean …

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