n South African Medical Journal - Medicine and the law : vaginal deliveries - is there a need for documented consent? : forum

Volume 101, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A pregnant woman nearing delivery, with an uncomplicated pregnancy and no immediate indication for caesarean section (CS), can either deliver vaginally or by CS. Historically CS has been viewed as more dangerous than vaginal delivery. However, CSs are far safer today and the complications of unmonitored labour are increasing, especially in the public sector.

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