Second-child policy sees a decline in C-sections
Hospitals in China’s biggest cities are reporting an increase in women choosing natural childbirth, reversing a decades-long trend during the one-child policy in which cesarean sections were favored.
China’s C-section rate is the highest in the world, with cesarean sections used in 47 percent of all births in 2013. The World Health Organization’s recommended rate is less than 15 percent.
Since Jan 1, all couples have been allowed to have a second child, and the number of cesarean sections has dropped.
“Last year, more women who had C-sections previously went to the hospital and said they were willing to try a natural birth,” said Sam Liu, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Beijing United Family Hospital, adding that more than 80 percent of these mothers delivered their second baby naturally.