Published: 2018-08-27

A clinical study of effect of standard labour protocols on rates of primary caesarean section at a tertiary care centre, Madurai, India

Shanthi C., Mahalakshmi N. K.


Background: Caesarean section rates are on the rise all over the world. Primary caesarean section usually determines the future obstetric course of any woman and therefore should be avoided whenever possible. WHO recommended that caesarean rates should not be more than 15 %. In this view we started our study on how to reduce the rate of Primary caesarean section in Tertiary Care Centre, Madurai, India. The objective of the present study was to evaluate how the implementation of universally acceptable standards affects rates of primary caesarean section rates without compromising maternal and foetal safety

Methods: This a comparative study on the effect of standard labour protocols and guidelines devised after audit of cases from January 2017 to June 2017, on the rate of primary caesarean section rates, induction of labour, failed induction, maternal and fetal outcomes before and after the implementation of the guidelines.

Results: Primary caesarean section rates from 52.85% to 45.02% noted in the induced cases. There were no significant adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes.

Conclusions: Implementation of standard labour protocols can reduce primary caesarean section rate without compromising maternal or foetal safety.


Audit, Implementation of labour, Protocols, Primary Caesarean section,

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