All authors are members of the Maternity Experiences Study Group of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (http://www.publichealth.gc.ca/mes).
Cesarean and Vaginal Birth in Canadian Women: A Comparison of Experiences
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2010
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Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 44–49, March 2010
How to Cite
Chalmers, B., Kaczorowski, J., Darling, E., Heaman, M., Fell, D. B., O’Brien, B., Lee, L. and for the Maternity Experiences Study Group of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (2010), Cesarean and Vaginal Birth in Canadian Women: A Comparison of Experiences. Birth, 37: 44–49. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.2009.00377.x
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2010
- Accepted September 3, 2009
- cesarean section;
- maternity experiences
Abstract: Background: Many publications have examined the reasons behind the rising cesarean delivery rate around the world. Women’s responses to the Maternity Experiences Survey of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System were examined to explore correlates of having a cesarean section on other experiences surrounding labor, birth, mother-infant contact, and breastfeeding.
Methods: A randomly selected sample of 8,244 estimated eligible women stratified primarily by province and territory was drawn from the May 2006 Canadian Census. Completed responses were obtained from 6,421 women (78%).
Results: Three-quarters of the women (73.7%) gave birth vaginally and 26.3 percent by cesarean section, including 13.5 percent with a planned cesarean and 12.8 percent with an unplanned cesarean. In addition to more interventions in labor, women who had a cesarean birth after attempting a vaginal birth had less mother-infant contact after birth and less optimal breastfeeding practices.
Conclusion: Findings from the Maternity Experiences Survey indicated that women who have cesarean births experience more interventions during labor and birth and have less optimal birthing and early parenting outcomes. (BIRTH 37:1 March 2010)