One in four women now have a Caesarean instead of a natural birth, new figures have shown
One in four women now have a Caesarean instead of a natural birth according to reports in the Nursing Times.
The number is around double that recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The rate of Caesarean births has been increasing over the last 25 years, and the Royal College of Midwives agree with the WHO that the current figure is too high.
The chances of needing a hysterectomy are more than tripled after giving birth by Caesarean section. The operation is also linked to higher risks for the mother and baby, including increased risk of death, blood clots and infant breathing problems.
The WHO recommends the Caesarean section rate should be no higher than 10% to 15%.
The England Caesarean rate has shown no change in a year, with the rate for 2007/08 remaining at 24.6%. Chelsea, in London, had the highest rate in the country, at 33.3% of their 5,2303 deliveries.
Chelsea also has the highest percentage of elective Caesareans – where the operation is planned rather than occurring in an emergency – at 15.8%, a fact which reinforces the stereotype that West London mothers are “too posh to push”.