Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Degree Level





Ballentine, Hope

Committee Member/Reader

Smith-Blair, Nancy

Committee Member/Second Reader

Scott, Allison


Obstetrical delivery by cesarean section is a prevalent form of delivery. Whether clinically indicated or by maternal request, cesarean delivery rates in the United States have risen to account for over a third of all deliveries. Cesarean section procedures are often clinically indicated and occur because of fetal factors, but they can also be elected by maternal request. The aims of this study are to analyze the frequency of the factors in the study questions that are associated with unplanned cesarean section procedures and to compare the frequency of these factors per cesarean section with the time of day the cesarean section procedure occurred. Based on the results of this study, there is no correlation between the discussed constant factors and the time of day, meaning the presence or absence of any factor will not accurately predict the time the cesarean section will occur. In this sample, the most frequent constants were as follows: Caucasian females, gravida one para one, full term pregnancy, spontaneous labor type ,no augmentation, fetal indications, and between the times of 1200-1359 and 2200-2359. In summary, the information learned in the frequencies will help to further identify patients at increased risk for unplanned cesarean sections.