Heard maximum number of pregnant girls say..” am going in for a cesarean operation.. Cant deal with the unbearable pain of natural birth”. The next time some one says this to you make sure you make them read this.
Doctors are putting the health of women and their babies at risk by performing caesarean sections too readily, UN officials warn.
Just over a quarter of women giving birth in England now have a caesarean and the rate has more than doubled since the early 1990s. This includes a growing number of women opting to have planned caesareans because they are very anxious about giving birth naturally.
But last night experts from the World Health Organisation, the UN’s public health agency, said this figure should ideally be between just 10 per cent and 15 per cent, due to the dangers and costs involved.
In a statement, they said: ‘Although it can save lives, caesarean section is often performed without medical need, putting women and their babies at risk of short- and long-term health problems.’
They added that the procedure can lead to ‘significant complications, disability or death’ and diverts precious money away from the needs of other patients.
The WHO statement sharply contradicts current NHS guidelines, which say the procedure should be offered to women even when there is no medical justification.
Cesarean Section is performed without medical need.