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Fascinating stuff. Is there a possible discreprancy between using historical information to obtain the statistics, and, using those statistics to make decisions?

I am in hospital, about to give birth. The Doctor recommends a caesaren due to complications.
Using the table above I know that the risk of death for a caesarean is more than twice that for a natural birth (UK).
Should I refuse?

Are the people who refuse caesareans missing as a seperate entity? perhaps these would have very high micromorts?

Do the Natural Birth stats include the deaths of people who refused the caesarean? If so, the micromorts for natural birth might be higher than they should be.

Finally, is it possible that caesareans are recommended when they should not be?

Martin

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