Thursday, March 16, 2006

NIH to Hold Conference on Elective Cesarean

The National Institutes of Health will hold a conference to "weigh the available scientific evidence regarding the risks and benefits of Caesarean delivery on maternal request (also referred to as elective Caesarean delivery) on March 27 – 29. The panel will issue a statement of its findings on the final day and will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29."

Questions to be addressed by the panel include:
  • What is the trend and incidence of Caesarean delivery over time in the United States and other countries?
  • What are the short-term (under one year) and long-term benefits and harms to mother and baby associated with Caesarean by request versus attempted vaginal delivery?
  • What factors influence benefits and harms?
  • What future research directions need to be considered to get evidence for making appropriate decisions regarding Caesarean on request or attempted vaginal delivery?

    The conference will be webcast live at

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    MeSH Tags: Cesarean Section/trends OR /utilization; Surgical Procedures, Elective

    Anonymous Tim Clarke Jr. said...

    Good afternoon. I thought you might be interested in this update from the ACNM REDUCE Campaign - Research and Education to Decrease Unnecessary Cesarean Sections.

    Visit the latest news release "Risks of Cesarean Delivery Are Underreported, Benefits Overstated" here and see materials available from this week's media briefing here.

    You may also be interested in new information released today from Childbirth Connection (formerly Maternity Center Association.) Click here and scroll toward the bottom for links to a news release and other updated resources.

    A brief news report from is also available here.

    1:17 PM  

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