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Table 1 Checklists of possible reasons for caesarean

From: Why 'down under' is a cut above: a comparison of rates of and reasons for caesarean section in England and Australia

Reason England survey items Queensland survey items
Why did you have a caesarean? Why did you have a caesarean birth?
Previous caesarean Because I had a caesarean before I have had a caesarean birth before
Maternal preference I wanted my baby to be born this way I wanted my baby to be born this way
Fetal distress My baby was ‘distressed’ My baby was ‘distressed’
Failure to progress in labour Labour had ‘failed to progress’ My labour had ‘failed to progress’
Recommendation - It was recommended by my care provider
Suspected disproportion My baby wouldn’t fit though my pelvis My baby wouldn’t fit though my pelvis
Breech presentation Breech presentation (feet first) My baby was breech (feet or bottom first)
Maternal health concerns Because of worries about my health Because of worries about my health (e.g. placenta praevia or pre-eclampsia)
Premature labour Because I was in premature labour I was in premature labour
Multiple pregnancy I had twins or triplets -
Recommendation - It was hospital policy
  Other reason_________ Other:__________
  Don’t know/Can’t remember Don’t know