Planned Cesarean and Postpartum Well-Being: A National Study
Previous studies conducted by Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2011), and Lobel and Deluca (2007) suggested that some women benefit from a planned cesarean delivery compared to women who do not plan for interventions – particularly in lower rates of depression and anxiety.
A recent study, Mode of birth and women’s psychological and physical wellbeing in the postnatal period(Rowlands & Redshaw, 2012) sheds light on the growing literature. Using 5,332 randomly selected individuals from the national birth registry, the study authors used multinomial logistic regression models to explore associations between mode of delivery and self-reported physical and psychological well-being. Of the 5,332 women who responded, 61% (3,275) women had unassisted vaginal births, 13% (675) had unplanned cesarean, 12% (630) had planned caesarean, 7% (359) had forceps-assisted, and 6% (302) had ventouse-assisted births.
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