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Delivering twins: C-section vs. vaginal birth topic of inaugural Mohide Lecture on May 13

Published: May 5, 2014
Eileen Hutton
Eileen Hutton, assistant dean, Midwifery Education Program, will be the speaker at the inaugural Mohide lecture.

The Twin Birth Study, which found that planned C-sections offer no advantage over planned vaginal birth of twins, is the topic of the inaugural Mohide lecture.

Twin birth is associated with higher risks than single births and the study is the only large scale, randomized controlled trial that has been undertaken to determine the best method of delivery.

Professor Eileen Hutton, assistant dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (Midwifery Education Program) and the inaugural Mohide lecturer, will talk about the results of the study that involved 106 centers in 25 countries.

"In the last decade, more and more women who are pregnant with twins are having planned Caesarean sections," says Hutton. "However, our study makes it very clear that there is no benefit to the babies to be born by Caesarean, and other studies have shown increased risks for mothers who have CS. Based on The Twin Birth Study findings we can say with assurance that it is best for mothers pregnant with twins to plan for a vaginal birth."

As a nurse, midwife and researcher, Hutton has made significant contributions to the development of midwifery in Canada. She is an expert in clinical studies that have informed best practices such as when to cut the umbilical cord and safety of home births and has led many large clinical trials including early intervention in turning breech babies.

Hutton is also the Professor of Midwifery Science at Vrije University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her notable research awards include a CIHR New Investigator Award and a Michael Smith Foundation Health Research Scholar Award.

She recently received an inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Ontario Midwives for her influential role in facilitating midwifery regulation, the formation of the professional association and her continued involvement in Ontario’s Midwifery Education Program.

The goal of the lectureship, established by Dr. Patrick T. Mohide, is to recognize and share key research performed by members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and McMaster University.  Mohide is a professor and specialist in maternal fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Department of Radiology. He served as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1999 to 2010. He has a strong interest in clinical trials and the evaluation of diagnostic technologies.

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