Review

Really an epidemic of cesarean section?

Anastasakis Eleftherios1, Daskalakis George 2

1Piraeus Navy Hospital
21st OB/GYN Dept, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Alexandra Hospital, Athens, Greece

Correspondence: Eleftherios Anastasakis, 14, Kountouriotou str., 152 35, Ano Vrilissia, Athens, Greece, Tel: +30 6944697762, Fax: +30 210 2469448, E – mail: loufty28@yahoo.gr


Abstract

In the modern obstetric era, the obstetricians and the maternity units are asked to provide information regarding their obstetric performance. The public debate focus mainly on the percentage of cesarean births. The public belief is that the vaginal delivery is the positive obstetric outcome while caesarian birth is the negative obstetric outcome. However, this approach is not a reliable and realistic index of the obstetric performance of a maternity unit.

Keywords: cesarean section, vaginal delivery, labour

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