The World Health Organisation issued a statement last week: “… that Caesarean sections can reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, but only when they are medically indicated.”
Duh, no kidding.
This is on the back of a previous recommendation dating back to 1985 that “Caesarean section rates of 10-15% are considered ‘ideal’ by international health experts”.
The current conclusion comes as a result of WHO’s review of:
- Available studies that had sought to find the ideal Caesarean rate within a given country or population;
- Worldwide country-level analysis using the latest available data.
They further recommend:
- A C-section rate exceeding 10% DOES NOT reduce maternal or infant mortality;
- The decision for C-section should be based on the mother’s/ baby’s need (not to achieve a specific rate);
- C-sections can result in significant/ permanent complications, disability or death.
NB: in case you’re wondering what the C-section rate is in YOUR country (eg. for my dear blog readers from today… % C-section rate):
- Australia 30.3%
- USA 30.3%
- UK 22.0%
- Ireland 26.2%
- Canada 26.3%
- France 18.8%
- Egypt 27.6%
… All well above the recommended 10%.
If your country isn’t listed above, please check at the “WHO Global Report: The Global Numbers and Costs of Additionally Needed and Unnecessary Caesarean Sections Performed per Year“.