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© 2017, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Aim: To assess the indications of emergency vs elective cesarean section in patients at Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi. Materials and methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 675 women who underwent cesarean section in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of the Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan over a period of 2 months. Sociodemographic features, type of cesarean, and their indications were recorded on a structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed by using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 23. Results: A total of 675 women underwent cesarean section during the study period. The emergency cesarean section rate was 70.4%, while elective cesarean constituted of 29.6% cases. The most common indications for emergency cesarean were fetal distress (43.2%) followed by previous cesarean (19.2%) and failure to progress (9.3%), while that for elective cesarean were previous cesarean (41%) and malpresentation (24.5%). Conclusion: Fetal distress and previous scar are the leading causes of cesarean section in our study. The improvement of maternal and child health facilities at basic health units, appropriate training of lady health workers and midwives, timely involvement of senior obstetrician, and formation of strict policies regarding cesarean section can have a profound effect in decreasing the rate of cesarean section. Clinical significance: This study can prove to be of profound value in getting an insight into the continuously increasing rate of cesarean section. In developing countries like Pakistan, these increasing cesarean deliveries prove to be a burden on the already-constrained resources.

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Journal of SAFOG

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