C-sec­tion births up amid fear of labour

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

CAE­SAREAN births have risen by one third in 15 years.

Ris­ing lev­els of obe­sity, women hav­ing ba­bies later in life and fear of labour are con­tribut­ing to the in­crease which means more than a quar­ter of ba­bies are now born this way.

The pro­por­tion of women who give birth by cae­sarean has risen from 19.7 per cent to 26.2 per cent be­tween 2000 and 2015, the study pub­lished in The Lancet shows.

It puts the UK ahead of Swe­den, France, Bel­gium and Den­mark for the pro­ce­dure, and 57th in the world over­all.

The fig­ures used in the study only go up to 2015, with more re­cent data show­ing nearly 160,000 cae­sare­ans were car­ried out in the UK last year.

Dr Mar­leen Tem­mer­man, of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion which led the study, warned the pro­ce­dure should not be ‘overused’.

She said: “C-sec­tions can cre­ate com­pli­ca­tions and side­ef­fects for mothers and ba­bies, and we call on health­care pro­fes­sion­als, hos­pi­tals, fun­ders and women to only in­ter­vene when it is med­i­cally re­quired.”

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