Background Pregnancy is a normal and healthy state which women desires and undergoes at some time in their lives. Complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth accounts to nearly half a million every year in the developing world. WHO in 1985 recommended that Caesarean Section (CS) rates should not exceed 10- 15% of normal deliveries for any hospital. Perception, awareness and knowledge among family members in a patriarchal society plays an important role in decision making. Therefore, this study is done to get insights into perception of post caesarean women and their family members about financial impact to their households. Methodology Cross-sectional study conducted in a tertiary care hospital. Surgery is done on fee-for-consultation or payment basis. Information was collected on the third post-operative day from post caesarean section mothers. Questionnaire on was given to them and collected after 2 days. Data was analysed using SPSS version 16. Results A total of 249 participants participated in this study. People had knowledge on indications of CS, possibility of wound infection, more expensive than normal delivery, caesarean birth is not natural and that they would have a permanent abdominal scar. Participants with annual income between 3 to 6 lakhs INR had less burden of hospital costs. When partial insurance cover was present, the financial burden was bearable as it would consume 20-30% of their savings. Conclusion Keeping in mind participants’ preference, ethical practise and financial burden on families, the physicians in India should reduce CS rate to acceptable levels which are comparable to global standards.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)