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Caesarean section (NICE clinical guideline 132)

Published: 01/11/2011

This guideline was produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The guideline provides evidence-based information for healthcare professionals and women about:

  • the risks and benefits of planned CS compared with planned vaginal birth
  • specific indications for CS
  • effective management strategies to avoid CS
  • anaesthetic and surgical aspects of care
  • interventions to reduce morbidity from CS
  • organisational and environmental factors that affect CS rates