Reduction of caesarean section rate in developing countries: The way forward

  • EI Archibong Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Calabar
  • SJ Etuk Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Calabar
  • AA Sobande College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • IH Itam Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Calabar
  • GK Oyakhire Edo State University, Ekpoma
Keywords: caesarean section, vaginal birth, antenatal care, medical auditing

Abstract

This review article highlights the obstacles and prospects of reduction of caesarean section rate in developing countries. The strategic areas targeted are: reduction of primary caesarean section and vaginal birth after primary caesarean section. These areas have been discussed with reference to findings from developed countries
The population must be well informed on the values of antenatal care and there should be definite delivery room guidelines and dedication in the management of patients in labour. Annual auditing of caesarean section rate and complications will reflect the effectiveness of the applied policies
KEY WORDS: caesarean section, vaginal birth, antenatal care, medical auditing
Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol.6(1) 2003: 22-25
Published
2005-02-24
Section
Articles

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