C-section births up amid fear of labour
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.”