Is the growing trend for cesarean sections a cause for concern?

Rosalie Grivell, Jodie Dodd

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    Cesarean section is one of the most common surgical operations performed on women worldwide, and rates are increasing in all developed countries. There are many proposed causes of the increased rates. Although much safer than in the 1500s when it was first performed, cesarean section is still associated with significant short-and long-term morbidity for a woman and her infant. The issues of maternal obesity, induction of labor, continuous fetal heart rate monitoring in labor, vaginal birth after cesarean section, decision-making for the primary cesarean section and cesarean section for nonmedical indications must be addressed if we are to curb the concerning increase in this procedure.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)183-193
    Number of pages11
    JournalExpert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


    • Cesarean section
    • Cesarean section on maternal request
    • Ethics
    • Maternal morbidity
    • Maternal obesity
    • Neonatal morbidity
    • VBAC


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