Friday, November 25, 2011

C-Section on Maternal Request, Cont.

BMJ has a "Head to head" feature on whether women should be given the chance to request c-sections if they aren't medically indicated. Have a look, pro here, con here. My own view is that maternal request for c-section is sometimes reasonable, particularly with regard to the woman's desires to avoid sequelae that are more associated with one form of birth than the other; but that I'm also worried that "maternal request" can be manipulated by physicians who are concerned with scheduling, cost, or other variables, and can manipulate women into requesting the surgery.

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