Cesarean section on demand: Is it a choice among women in Saudi Arabia?

Abdulrahim Gari, Afrah Al-esemi


Aims: The aim of our study is to determine the popularity of cesarean sections (CS) on demand among women in Saudi Arabia and to assess the factors affecting the choice of the delivery.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey using a self-administered electronic questionnaire was performed from 15/9/2012 until 17/1/2013. A total of 5,026 women of age 20-50 years regardless of their nationality residing in Saudi Arabia were enrolled, including those who were married, never been married or had been previously married.

Results: We found 4067 (80.9%) of the study population preferred vaginal delivery. Among the women who preferred vaginal delivery, 2555 (62.8%) did so because they needed a shorter time to return to normal life, while 674 (70.3%) of the women who preferred CS did so because they wanted to avoid labor pains.

Conclusions: The majority of the population preferred vaginal delivery.


Cesarean section, Cross sectional study, Pregnancy

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