Half of China's births are C-sections

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... Nearly half of all births in China are delivered by Caesarean section, the world's highest rate ...

The boom in unnecessary surgeries is jeopardising women's health ...

Unnecessary C-sections ... raise the risk of complications for the mother ... C-sections have reached "epidemic proportions" in many countries worldwide.

The most dramatic findings were in China, where 46 per cent of births reviewed were C-sections -- a quarter of them not medically necessary ...

"So many pregnant women ask for a Caesarean birth in China, but we always suggest that they have a natural birth," ...

"It's bad to have so many Caesarean births because natural birth is the ideal way."

The WHO ... found 27 per cent were ... partially motivated by hospitals eager to make more money.

... Women undergoing C-sections that are not medically necessary are more likely to die ...

... babies born by Caesarean have a greater chance for respiratory problems. The ... procedure benefits babies during breech births.

In Asia, some women opt for the surgery to choose their delivery day after consulting fortune tellers for "lucky" birthdays or times. Others fear painful natural births or worry their vaginas may be stretched or damaged by a normal delivery ...

... China's 46 per cent C-section rate was followed by Vietnam and Thailand with 36 per cent and 34 per cent, respectively. The lowest rates were in Cambodia, with 15 per cent, and India, with 18 per cent.

The study ... noted that more than 60 per cent of the hospitals ... were motivated by financial incentives to perform surgeries ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448