Cesarean section and normal deliveries

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To combat the alarming rise in caesarean section operations in India, private hospitals are likely to be audited and asked to display the data of normal and C-section deliveries prominently.

Survey Report of  National Family Health Survey 2014-15 (NFHS-4)

  • C-section surgeries have doubled over the last decade across India.
  • The increase is sharp in States such as Telangana, where the decision to not conduct a normal delivery is determined by non-medical factors, such as insurance and costs.
  • C-section deliveries in the country, with 74.9% babies born this way in private hospitals.
  • Over 40% of the deliveries in Bihar were C-sections, while 58 % of the deliveries in Maharashtra were through C-section procedures.

World Health Organization guidelines, 10-15% of deliveries being C-sections is considered appropriate.

Effect of the increase in C-section

C-section surgeries have a serious impact not only on the health of the mother but also on her ability to continue work after delivery. Repeated C-section surgeries will also affect the reproductive health of a woman. The alarming percentage of C-section (sic) surgeries being conducted in private and public hospitals has been a grave cause of worry.

Source : The Hindu

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