America's C-Section Rate Is Giving Health Organizations Cause for Concern

pregnant woman talking to doctorThe current rate of Cesarean section births in the United States is cause for worry, according to the World Health Organization. More than 37 percent of births in 2013 were via c-section, but that's double what the WHO recommends, and the organization is now proposing a new classification system and warning against the use of not medically necessary c-sections.


The WHO has set a target of 10 to 15 percent of births to be c-section deliveries. The United States is far above that recommendation and, in fact, the WHO would prefer the number to be closer to 10 percent.

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According to the organization, when c-section rates approach 10 percent, there's a great decrease in the amount of maternal and newborn fatalities. But when the rate far surpasses that percent, there's no actual evidence that those death rates improve.

While many mothers, with the help of their doctors, may opt for a c-section because of baby placement, breech birth possibilities, or distress, voluntary and not medically necessary c-sections have also become more prominent.

Whether its because they're working around the doctor's schedule, or would like to deliver the baby on a certain date, some moms are choosing these non-emergency surgeries. But with both voluntary and alternative c-section births, the WHO is sending a strong message to moms and doctors who are opting for the surgical route.

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