C-section births rise rapidly to more than 20 percent worldwide - 4 months ago, 12 Oct 04:46
Rates of caesarean section births almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12 to 21 percent worldwide – new research has found.
The life-saving surgery remains unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones.
The research, published in The Lancet medical journal on Thursday, found that 60 percent of countries overuse C-sections and 25 percent under-use them, suggesting that recommendations for their use in cases of medical need are widely ignored.
In at least 15 countries, more than 40 percent of all babies born are delivered by C-section. The highest rate, of 58.1 percent, was in the Dominican Republic.
Experts estimate that between 10 and 15 percent of births medically require a C-section due to complications such as bleeding, foetal distress, hypertension or a baby being in an abnormal position.
While the procedure can save lives – of both mothers and newborns – it can also create complications and ...
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