A study published in The Lancet suggests that babies born through caesarean section almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 globally.
The study found that the global caesarean section rate went from 12% to 21% during the specified period.
Researchers also found that the significant increase contributed to a rise in the number of births taking place in health institutions and a greater frequency of interventions.
In response to the study, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has said midwives will support women’s choices.
“What is crucial is that women are aware of the potential complications of having a caesarean section in the short and long term. To ensure this happens we need to give midwives the time to sit and discuss a woman’s options for the birth of her baby.
“Nice guidelines on caesarean section support midwives and their colleagues to in turn support women to make their decision. Midwives will respect a woman’s choice and support her in her choice,” Head of Quality and Standards at the RCM, Mandy Forrester, said.
When it came to individual countries’ caesarean section rates, South Sudan had the lowest at 0.6% with the Dominican Republic seeing the highest rate (58%).
The study used data from 169 countries, accounting for 98.4% of the world’s births between 2000 and 2015.
The research ‘Global epidemiology of use of and disparities in caesarean sections’ can be accessed through The Lancet here.
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