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The Risk of Cesarean Delivery in Short Saudi Women

Author(s): Nourah H. Al Qahtani | Salha Al Ganmi | Asma Badran

Journal: International Journal of Clinical Medicine
ISSN 2158-284X

Volume: 03;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 238;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Maternal Height | Cesarean Delivery | Failure to Progress

Objectives: To evaluate the relationship between maternal height of 37 weeks), uncomplicated singleton nulliparous pregnant women were enrolled on admission to labour room. The patients were divided into two groups based on maternal height, >155 cm (247 cases) as control and < 155 cm (158 cases) as study group. The medical records of these women were reviewed. Various baseline clinical characteristics were collected. Maternal characteristics and maternal and neonatal outcomes were recorded. Results: Caesarean section rate for all indications was higher among study group than control group (26.6% and 19.4% respec-tively, p = 0.023). Significant difference was observed in the rate of caesarean delivery due to failure to progress (7.3% and 12% in control and study group respectively, p-value 0.038). The rate of caesarean delivery due to failure to progress was highest among those with height 150 - 155 cm (p-value 0.022). Mean birth weight was significantly higher among control group than study group (3137 ± 403 g and 3030 ± 408 respectively, p-value 0.010). Conclusion: Term singleton nulliparous Saudi pregnant women with maternal height 151 - 154 cm were associated with a greater likelih-ood of caesarean section for failure to progress. Women with height
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