ROLE OF WOMEN’S CHOICE IN RISE OF C-SECTION RATES LIKELY SPURIOUS

A new analysis of data on nearly 20,000 women from around the globe suggests that the steadily rising Cesarean-section rates over three decades is not because “women are asking for them.” The rise in the rate of cesarean deliveries, particularly in middle- and high-income countries, is frequently attributed to women’s requests for the procedure. In the U.S. the C-section rate was 4.5 percent in 1965, and 32.9 percent in 2007, according to the CDC. But only sixteen percent of women included in the research review said they would prefer cesarean section to vaginal delivery. This is the first meta-analysis that’s looked at women’s preferences, and was published in BJOG. It searched the medical literature and identified 38 studies including 19,403 women from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. [Reuters, Dec. 2010] Read More
Publication Date: 
05/2011