Expert Alert - Caesareans: routine but not without risks

CIHR experts discuss risks and complications associated to Caesareans

OTTAWA, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Formally used in medically urgent situations only, Caesarean sections are now routine. Canada is not alone in this new trend. Obstetricians around the world are performing an increasing number of them. World Health Organization(1) numbers show rates of C-sections almost doubling in the last decade, especially in high-income countries such as Canada. They may be routine, but they are not without risks.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research experts are available to discuss the health risks and potential complications associated with Caesarean sections.

    Available experts:

    Risks and benefits of Caesareans
    Dr. Michael Kramer, CIHR Scientific Director (Montréal)
    Dr. William Donald Fraser, CIHR-funded researcher from the Université
    de Montréal (Montreal)

    Once a Caesarean, always a Caesarean?
    Dr. Emmanuel Bujold, CIHR-funded researcher from Université Laval

    Reducing Caesarean rates in Quebec: is it possible?
    Dr. Nils Chaillet, CIHR-funded researcher from the Université de
    Montréal (Montreal)

    The money factor: social status plays a role in delivery decisions
    Dr. Robert Liston, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of
    British Columbia (Vancouver)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: For further information: For an interview with a researcher, please contact: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, Tel: (613) 941-4563, Cell: (613) 808-7526,

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