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[Correspondence] Formulated data do not reflect facts – Authors’ reply

We thank Pauline Hull for her interest in our Article.1 Hull criticises our emphasis on increased maternal mortality and severe morbidity although there have been no deaths or hysterectomies. We decided on the composite outcome before the analysis was done, and we have reported all individual endpoints for transparency. We maintain our position that admission to an intensive care unit and receiving blood transfusion are important events. We are also concerned about the rare events of only nine (0·6%) in the 1515 mothers with antepartum caesarean section without indication and the sparsity of events might affect the robustness of conclusions.

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