‘Unnecessarily high’ caesarean section rate is cause for concern

The inability of labour ward staff to interpret medical technology used to monitor the foetal heart beat during child birth, and the lack of skilled midwives who can perform assisted deliveries have led to South Africa’s cesarean section (C-section) rate having doubled since 2000/2001.

That’s according to the 2013/2014 District Health Barometer, published by the non-governmental organisation, Health Systems Trust, that was released on Wednesday.

One out of four women deliver their babies via C-section, according to the barometer: 23.9% in the public sector and 73.9% in the private sector. This is compared to a national rate of 12.5% in 2000/2001.

Read it at the M&G.

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