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Caesarean section use has almost doubled globally since 2000

4 days ago   |   By ScienceDaily

Globally, the number of babies born through caesarean section almost doubled between 2000 and 2015 - from 12% to 21% of all births. While the life-saving surgery is still unavailable for many women and children in low-income countries and regions, the procedure is overused in many middle- and high-income settings.
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C-Sections Have Nearly Doubled Since 2000. That Isn't Necessarily A Good Thing

4 days ago   |   By Time

Nearly twice as many babies were born via caesarean sections in 2015 as in 2000, a new report says.
Almost 30 million C-sections were performed globally in 2015, accounting for 21% of all live births, according to World Health Organization and UNICEF data published Thursday in the Lancet. In 2000, 16 million babies were delivered by C-section, accounting for 12% of live births.
The uptick in C-sections - and the persistent disparities in where they're performed - points to two connected trends, the authors write.
On one hand, the growth signifies that more women are giving birth under...
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