In some countries more than half of births now involve the procedure, experts sayThe use of caesarean sections to deliver babies has reached epidemic proportions, say experts, with the procedure growing in use at an “alarming” rate. “In many settings, young obstetricians have become experts in [caesarean sections], but are losing confidence in undertaking vaginal-assisted deliveries and breech deliveries,” the experts warn. While research is lacking on the best way to tackle overuse of caesarean sections, experts recommend improved support for women and audits of caesarean use, and stress the importance of midwives. But this “reverses” as they reach the end of their pregnancies, with the majority voicing preference for caesarean sections. In July 2016, the federal government passed a resolution that advised caesarean sections should only be planned for high-risk pregnancies, and only after the 39th week.
Source: The Guardian October 11, 2018 22:30 UTC