First-time mothers are prepared to accept greater risks than clinicians before requesting an elective caesarean, new research has found.

The study, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, compared the views of expectant mothers and clinicians to ascertain the maximum level of risk they would be prepared to accept before opting for an elective caesarean. Included in the research were 102 pregnant women, 84 midwives, 166 obstetricians, 12 urogynaecologists and 79 colorectal surgeons.

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