Province issues guideline on C-sections
Health authorities in Anhui province have issued China’s first provincial guideline for cesarean sections, aimed at lowering the high level of such procedures in the province.
The guideline list 14 types of medical requirements for a C-section, such as fetal distress (for lack of oxygen, for example) or abnormality of the birth canal. Cesarean sections are necessary in emergency cases, but excessive use of unnecessary surgeries, such as for giving birth on a lucky day, poses serious health risks to mothers and babies, according to the Anhui health authority.
The guideline is expected to reduce the rate of C-sections in the province, which was about 40 percent last year, to 30 percent in the next three to five years, the provincial family planning bureau said.
Forty-six percent of women in China deliver by C-section, according to the World Health Organization. It recommends a rate of no higher than 15 percent.