Global in­crease in C-sec­tion births

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

Lon­don – 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. – Reuters

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