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Researchers Call For More Conservative Use Of C-Section Deliveries In Lancet Study Showing Increased Rate Since 2000

CNN: C-section deliveries nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, study finds
“…The number of births by cesarean section is on the rise, climbing from about 16 million (12.1 percent of all births) in 2000 to 29.7 million (21.1 percent of all births) in 2015, according to a study published Thursday in the journal The Lancet…” (Howard, 10/11).

Deutsche Welle: Doctors warn of alarming C-section ‘epidemic’
“…There is an urgent need for intervention in the medical field to reduce the use of cesarean sections, the researchers said. The authors suggested women be provided with more information and consultations about C-sections. They also advocated for increasing midwifery care and ensuring doctors are making evidence-based decisions to use C-sections…” (10/12).

Reuters: C-section births rise rapidly to more than 20 percent worldwide
“…Experts estimate that between 10 and 15 percent of births medically require a C-section due to complications such as bleeding, fetal distress, hypertension, or a baby being in an abnormal position. While the procedure can save lives — of both mothers and newborns — it can also create complications and side effects, including higher risks for future births…” (Kelland, 10/11).

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