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Involvement of first-time mothers with different levels of education in the decision-making for their delivery by a planned Caesarean section: women's satisfaction with information given by gynaecologists and midwives

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Kolip, Petra; Büchter, Roland

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Abstract Aims: We investigated the involvement of first-time mothers, who had a planned Caesarean section, in the decision to have a Caesarean section, taking into account their different educational levels. Subjects and methods: A self-assessment questionnaire was sent in July 2005 to women who had undergone a Caesarean section in 2004. Participants were 2,685 members of a statutory health insurance fund who had given birth by Caesarean section (response rate: 48.0%). Included were primiparae with planned Caesarean section (n = 352). Results: The women in this cross-sectional study felt well informed about the procedure of a section but not its consequences. They used several sources of information and were most satisfied with the information provided by doctors and midwives. Of the women in this study 20% did not have a midwife. No major differences were observed between different educational levels. Conclusion: Although most women were satisfied with their decision, they felt that they did not receive enough information about the consequences of a Caesarean section. This information need could be met by a further involvement of midwives in maternity care.
Classification Health Policy; Medicine, Social Medicine
Free Keywords Caesarean section; Shared decision-making; Information needs; Birth
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 273-280
Journal Journal of Public Health, 17 (2009) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10389-008-0246-1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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