Flemish obstetricians' personal preference regarding mode of delivery and attitude towards caesarean section on demand

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2003 Dec 10;111(2):164-6. doi: 10.1016/s0301-2115(03)00214-8.


Objectives: To assess Flemish obstetricians' preferences about mode of delivery for themselves or their partners and to determine the frequency of caesarean section on demand in Flanders.

Study design: A structured anonymous postal questionnaire was sent to all 672 registered gynaecologist-obstetricians in Flanders.

Results: The response rate was 44%. In the case of an uncomplicated singleton first pregnancy with a cephalic presentation 2% preferred elective caesarean section. There was no difference between male and female obstetricians. Seventy percent said that they would never perform caesarean section on demand. At least 2.6% of all caesarean sections in Flanders seems to be performed on patient's demand.

Conclusion: The attitude of Flemish gynaecologist-obstetricians is clearly in favour of vaginal delivery both for themselves, their partners and their patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Belgium
  • Cesarean Section*
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obstetrics*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pregnancy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires