Non-medical individuals influence many women to opt for caesarian section (C-section) delivery despite their initial preference for vaginal delivery. Women may have very little knowledge about C-section and eventually little choice in the decision-making process.
In-depth interviews with women reveal that they rely most on external agents or brokers to choose the delivery facility and obstetricians. Brokers send delivering mothers to obstetricians having a preference for C-section.
C-section delivery cost is the greatest out-of-pocket (OOP) expense among all childbirth-related spending, especially for the less-wealthy people, suggests a recent icddr,b study.
A new icddr,b study with Stanford University has identified multiple possible sources of lead contamination in food and non-food sources that might affect pregnant women and fetal growth.