A case-control study of caesarean delivery on maternal request: who and why? Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractObjective: The current study aimed to evaluate the profile of women who are most likely to undergo caesarean delivery on maternal request (CDMR) and clarify their reasons for this decision.Methods: For this multicentre case–control study, data were collected from 429 women who underwent CDMR and 429 matched controls who delivered vaginally from June, 2008 through February, 2009. Participants were interviewed by telephone regarding sociodemographic variables, health and lifestyle.Results: CDMR predictors were as follows: increasing age (OR = 1.09/year; 95%CI: 1.05–1.14), family status (unmarried without a steady partner versus married – OR = 3.60; 95%CI: 1.08–11.97), decreasing level of religiosity (secular versus ultra-orthodox – OR = 11.82; 95%CI: 3.75–37.21), and never having engaged, or ceasing sports activity during pregnancy (OR = 1.79; 95%CI: 1.09–2.91 and 2.38; 95%CI: 1.28–4.43, respectively). Above average income reduced the probability of CDMR (OR = 0.56; 95%CI: 0.33–0.94). The most frequ...

publication date

  • January 1, 2015