WHO Calls For Cesarean Sections To Be Performed Only When Medically Required
World Health Organization: Cesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary
“Cesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. Although it can save lives, cesarean section is often performed without medical need, putting women and their babies at-risk of short- and long-term health problems. A new statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) underscores the importance of focusing on the needs of the patient, on a case by case basis, and discourages the practice of aiming for ‘target rates’…” (4/10).