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Lunch Hour Lecture: Caesarean section: Too few or Too many?

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 07 February 2019

Lunch Hour Lecture: Caesarean section: Too few or Too many? - Professor Eric Jauniaux, EGA Institute for Women's Health, UCL

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Kimberly Hemming

Location

Darwin Lecture Theatre
Darwin Building
via Malet Place
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

About the lecture: Caesarean section(CS), has become the most commonly performed major surgical operation worldwide. Although “modern style” CS were first performed at the end of the 19thcentury, the procedure only became safe after WWII with improvements in anaesthesiology & access to antibiotic & blood transfusion. In the 1980s, the WHO defined an ideal CS rate of 10-15%. CS rates have become an important measure of obstetric practices & lack of access to the procedure remains a main cause of maternal and neonatal mortality in many low-resources countries. By contrast, in the last two decades, CS rates have doubled or tripled in most high-resources & in a few low-resources countries, often without obvious medical reasons. The main absent of the recent debate on “inequality access to safe maternity care” is the long-term health impacts of excessively high CS, mainly unexplained stillbirth and placenta praevia accreta in subsequent pregnancies.

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