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Quality of Life after Cesarean and Vaginal Delivery

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Author(s): Seyed Abbas Mousavi | Forough Mortazavi | Reza Chaman | Ahmad Khosravi

Journal: Oman Medical Journal
ISSN 1999-768X

Volume: 28;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 245;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Quality of Life | Cesarean | Pregnant women | Postpartum period.

ABSTRACT
Objective: Cesarean rates in recent decades have been increasing and a number of studies have shown that cesarean increases maternal morbidities. The aim of this study is to compare the quality of life after cesarean and vaginal delivery.Methods: This prospective study was carried out on 356 pregnant women visiting urban health centers in Shahroud City, Northeast Iran, in 2011. The subjects completed the quality of life questionnaire in the third trimester of pregnancy and at 8 weeks postpartum.Results: In primiparas, the mean global QOL scores for the cesarean and vaginal delivery groups were 67.65 ± 12.7 and 72.12 ± 11.8, respectively. Also, the scores for the physical, psychological and social domains of QOL as well as the global score of QOL were higher in the vaginal delivery group than the cesarean group (p
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