Project

Caesarean section in Belgium

Duration
16 October 2007 → 31 December 2009
Funding
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
    • Gynaecology and obstetrics
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
    • Gynaecology and obstetrics
    • Nursing
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
    • Gynaecology and obstetrics
Keywords
caesarean section trend reduction
 
Project description

Since the 80's, there is an increasing trend in the percentage of caesarean sections (CS) in Belgium. Since 1987 the number of CS has doubled. In spite of this increase, the quality of the obstetric care remains equal. The supplemental sections have no additional advantage in relation to mortality and morbidity of mother and child. The largest increase occurs in women who have little chance to get a CS in advance and the increasing number sections can not be explained by more obstetric pathologies. Probably the observed trend is dependent to nog-medical reasons such as: planning of deliveries, CS on request, medico-legal reasons, financial motives, etc. Furthermore, considerable differences in the percentage of CS between hospitals of the same category are observed. This finding questions the quality of care.