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NIH holds state-of-the-science conference: Caesarean Delivery on Maternal Request, March 27-29, 2006

JUST ANNOUNCED:
Reporters who are unable to attend Wednesday's 2:00 p.m. press conference can call in by dialing 1-800-857-7003, and entering passcode 4948. This will be similar to a conference call, in which all callers can hear all questions and answers, and pose questions to the panel.

The press conference will be broadcast live via satellite at the following coordinates:

C-Band Galaxy 3C
Transponder: 21C
Orbital Location: 95 degrees west
Downlink Frequency: 4120 H
Audio: 6.2/ 6.8
Test time: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Broadcast: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

All conference sessions and the press conference will also be webcast live at http://videocast.nih.gov/.

WHAT:
An independent panel will weigh the available scientific evidence regarding the risks and benefits of Caesarean delivery on maternal request (also referred to as elective Caesarean delivery) on March 27 - 29. The panel will issue a statement of its findings on the final day and will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Medical Applications of Research (OMAR), this 2.5 day conference is free and open to members of the public and the media.

Conference speakers' presentations, open discussions, and the panel's statement will focus on these questions:

  • What is the trend and incidence of Caesarean delivery over time in the United States and other countries?
  • What are the short-term (under one year) and long-term benefits and harms to mother and baby associated with Caesarean by request versus attempted vaginal delivery?
  • What factors influence benefits and harms?
  • What future research directions need to be considered to get evidence for making appropriate decisions regarding Caesarean on request or attempted vaginal delivery?'"/>


Contact: Kelli Marciel
marcielk@od.nih.gov
301-496-4819
NIH/National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention
27-Mar-2006


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