"Women do suffer complications of pregnancy and their babies do have problems. Fortunately these are rare, but they are irrespective of mode of delivery," she said.
Panel member Dr. Nancy Frances Petit, chairwoman of the division of obstetrics at St. Francis Hospital in Newark, Del., said there is a need for women and their doctors to communicate better to decide which type of delivery is best.
"It is important for the health-care provider to share with the women, first of all, what are the capabilities of the institution that would be participating in her delivery. What is the level of comfort the health-care provider has in terms of her identified risk. It is also important that in return that he or she really takes the opportunity to listen to what the pregnant woman has to say in terms of what her desires truly are," Petit said.
There's more on childbirth at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
SOURCES: March 10, 2010, teleconference with: F. Gary Cunningham, M.D., panel and conference chairman, Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Carol J. Rowland Hogue, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jules & Uldeen Terry Professor of Maternal and Child Health, professor, epidemiology, and director, Women's and Children's Center, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta; Nancy Frances Petit, M.D., chairwoman, Division of Obstetrics, St. Francis Hospital, Newark, Del.
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