Caesarean section (CG132)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'caesarean section'
This clinical guideline updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 13 (published April 2004). It offers evidence-based advice on the care of women who:
- have had a caesarean section in the past and are now pregnant again
- have a clinical indication for a caesarean section or
- are considering a caesarean section when there is no other indication.
New and updated recommendations have been included on:
- the risks and benefits of planned caesarean section compared with planned vaginal birth
- care of women considered at risk of a morbidly adherent placenta
- appropriate care and choices for women who are HIV positive
- care of women requesting a caesarean section without a clinical indication
- decision-to-delivery intervals to be used as audit standards
- timing of the administration of antibiotics for caesarean section
- appropriate care and choices for women who have previously had a caesarean section.
August 2012: Recommendations 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 have been removed from this guideline. See Changes after publication for further details.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: caesarean section
This page was last updated: 06 February 2014
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- Baseline assessment tool
- Clinical audit tool
- Clinical case scenarios
- Costing report
- Costing template
- Electronic audit tool
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- CG132 Caesarean section: podcast
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