NIH Holds State-of-the-Science Conference: Caesarean
Delivery on Maternal Request, March 27-29, 2006
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
C-Band Galaxy 3C
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/.
||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?
||Monday, March 27, 2006, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Press Conference: Wednesday, March 29, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
||Natcher Conference Center
NIH Main Campus – Building 45
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Campus visitor information: http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/index.htm
The conference will also be webcast live at http://videocast.nih.gov/.
||The potential benefits of elective Caesarean delivery as
compared to vaginal delivery are not yet fully understood. Both approaches
carry risks and benefits, and any decision to deliver by Caesarean delivery
when vaginal delivery is also available should be informed by the best
possible information regarding potential health outcomes, good and bad,
for both mother and baby. The National Institute of Child Health and Human
Development (NICHD) and OMAR have planned the upcoming conference to stimulate
a critical review of the available evidence and to identify directions
for future research.
||The conference is sponsored by OMAR and NICHD, through the
NIH Consensus Development Program. Two pertinent backgrounders are available
One introduces technical content to be discussed at the conference and
another describes the features of the NIH Consensus Development Program.
|For More Information:
||Conference agenda, speakers, logistics, and online registration
are available at http://consensus.nih.gov/.
To schedule interviews, please contact Kelli Marciel by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or
by phone at (301) 496-4819.
|Note to Radio Editors:
||An audio report of the conference results will be available
after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 from the NIH Radio News Service by
calling 1-800-MED-DIAL (1-800-633-3425) or visiting http://www.nih.gov/news/radio/index.htm.
|Note to TV Editors:
|| The press conference at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29,
will be broadcast live via satellite. For satellite coordinates, see above.
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