Information shared with mothers prior to caesarean section: a national audit of compliance with recommended information

J Obstet Gynaecol. 2013 Jul;33(5):471-3. doi: 10.3109/01443615.2013.776025.


We assessed how information on complications at caesarean section was shared with mothers undergoing this operation and determined whether this information was within the NICE and RCOG guidelines. A postal questionnaire survey, involving 170 consultant-led maternity units in England, was sent out. We analysed the methods of giving this information and compliance with National guidelines and explored the need to standardise this information nationally. A response rate of 84.11% was achieved (143/170). A total of 50/143 (34.97%) units share information using risk stickers, pre-typed or standard checklist forms, which aim to achieve consistency of information sharing. In contrast 92/143 (64.34%) units rely on information given from memory of doctors. Subgroup analysis of 23 hospitals revealed large heterogeneity in information provided to women before caesarean section. Our survey indicated a large variation in the information given to women prior to caesarean section and thus the need for standardised written information.

MeSH terms

  • Cesarean Section / ethics
  • Cesarean Section / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Health Communication / methods
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / statistics & numerical data*
  • Medical Audit
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pregnancy