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Title: Concordance of maternal and paternal decision-making and its effect on choice for vaginal birth after caesarean section
Contributor(s): Robson, Stephen (author); Campbell, Beth (author); Pell, Gabrielle (author); Wilson, Anne (author); Tyson, Kate (author); de Costa, Caroline (author); Permezel, Michael (author); Woods, Cindy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1111/ajo.12326
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Abstract: 'Background': The proportion of women who plan for a repeat elective caesarean section (CS) is one of the major determinants of the overall rate of CS, and programs aiming to reduce the rate of CS have not been greatly successful. To date, there appear to have been no large studies directly addressing paternal influences on decision-making regarding vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). This study aimed to compare the reactions of fathers and mothers to the prospect of VBAC. 'Methods': Couples were recruited from three Australian hospitals and were eligible with a singleton pregnancy, a normal morphology ultrasound, and where there was no condition in the new pregnancy that would preclude a vaginal birth. Questionnaires were scheduled for 20 weeks' gestation, 32-36 weeks' gestation and six weeks postnatal and were sent separately to each partner. 'Results': Seventy-five couples completed the full sets of questionnaires during the study period. In total, 31 women (41%) ultimately attempted vaginal delivery, and 44 (59%) were delivered by planned CS. When the paternal rating of risk fell between the second and third trimesters, the couple were likely to attempt VBAC (P < 0.05). Where the maternal rating of importance was 3 or less, 92% had a planned CS compared to 63% for the same paternal scores (P= 0.02). 'Conclusion': This study suggests that interventions that improve the paternal perceptions of risk during a pregnancy might increase the chance that a couple will attempt VBAC.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 55(3), p. 257-261
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1479-828X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
111404 Reproduction
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 321502 Obstetrics and gynaecology
321503 Reproduction
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920507 Women's Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200509 Women's and maternal health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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