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We, at the University of Nottingham, are conducting a survey to hear the views and opinions of obstetricians and obstetric trainees and anaesthetists about a possible research study in the future.  Around 5% of all emergency Caesarean sections are performed at full dilatation (second stage of labour).  The baby’s head can sometimes be deeply wedged in the pelvis making delivery difficult and resulting in problems for both the mother (uterine tears, bleeding and longer delivery times (from uterine incision to delivery)) and the baby (broken bones, lack of oxygen to the brain and in rare cases, death of the baby).

There are a variety of ways in which births like this can be made easier.  However, at the moment, we do not know the best way to minimise risk for both the mother and baby. The research arm of the NHS, called the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) have asked us to conduct research into this issue.

Before a clinical study is undertaken, however, it is important for us to understand the views and opinions of health care professionals so that any study designed is acceptable to them.

All the answers you give will remain anonymous.  You do not need to give your personal details.  We may, however, use quotes from the answers you give when we publish the results of this survey. By submitting the survey you are providing your consent for us to use the information it contains and it cannot be withdrawn once submitted because it will be anonymous. The information collected for the study will be stored securely at the University of Nottingham throughout the study and for a minimum of 7 years after the study ends. The anonymous data collected may also be shared with other researchers in health and social care.

We expect the survey to take around 10 minutes to complete.