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The figures showed that at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough and Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, 587 women had elective Caesarean sections in 2011/12 - up from 544 a year earlier.
A 2010 survey indicates that 97% of Australian and New Zealand obstetricians requested a 10 IU (66%) or 5 IU (31%) bolus to be given at elective caesarean section (10).
Attendance of paediatricians at elective Caesarean sections performed under regional anaesthesia: is it warranted?
Andy Lawrence's film With Woman follows the story of two deliveries, one an elective caesarean section and the other a home birth, and is interesting both as a depiction of two very different experiences of birth, and as an exploration of the role of fathers in the process - an ongoing issue in western culture.
Carrying out elective caesarean sections at greater gestational ages may, however, result in higher rates of intrapartum caesarean sections because some women would go into spontaneous labour (in our population, 25% of spontaneous intended vaginal deliveries started before 39 weeks' gestation)," wrote Anne Kirkeby Hansen of the Aarhus (Denmark) University Hospital and associates.
Recent research has suggested that elective caesarean section (CS) for breech delivery at term is the safest option for most women.
My client, Pauline Williams, gave birth to her second child in 1999 by way of elective Caesarean section following medical advice in relation to an unrelated condition.
The conference ended with The Great Debate on the motion that "An elective caesarean section will protect my sex life forever".