C-section Epidemic in China

Posted On: January 22, 2010

Nearly one in two births in China are delivered by cesarean section, of which a quarter are not medically necessary, the latest survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.

Unnecessary C-sections jeopardize women’s health by raising the risk of complications, the WHO warned. And, babies born through C-section are more likely to develop respiratory problems.

The rate of C-section has grown almost 10 times from the 1970s to reach 46 percent today, far above the 15 percent rate thought reasonable by the WHO, experts explained.

C-section is not always better. Women who deliver naturally heal faster with less side effects. Women have been doing it for millions of years. Natural delivery is definitely an option to be discussed and considered.

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