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It Takes Two: Weighing the Risks of Caesarean Delivery on Maternal Request

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) says Canadian women who opt for a planned caesarean section (CS) without medical or obstetrical indication, need to be fully briefed by their physician on the pros and cons of the procedure prior to delivery. The SOGC's Clinical Practice Obstetrics and Guideline Management and Oversight Committees issued this Committee Opinion in light of the rising incidence of elective caesareans being performed to avoid vaginal birth.

“All maternal health care providers need to understand and hear the reasons why some women consider preplanned caesareans the best option for them. This includes understanding the person’s values, fears and concerns,” says Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO, SOGC. “But any final decision should not be made until women are equipped with the most up-to-date and evidence-based information to help them make such an important decision about how their baby will be born.”