Sec­ond-child pol­icy sees a de­cline in C-sec­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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