Global increase in C-section births
– Rates of caesarean section births almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 – from 12% to 21% worldwide – new research has found, with the life-saving surgery unavailable to many women in poor countries while often over-used in richer ones.
The research, published in The Lancet medical journal on Thursday, found that 60% of countries overuse C-sections and 25% under-use them. In at least 15 countries, more than 40% of all babies born are delivered by C-section.
The highest rate of 58.1%, was in the Dominican Republic.
Experts estimate that between 10% and 15% of births medically require a C-section due to complications such as bleeding, foetal distress, hypertension or a baby being in an abnormal position.