The World Health Organization recommends in a new statement that doctors should perform less caesarean sections. According to the international health body, the procedure puts women at higher risk, Also, their babies are exposed to some important health problems.
The World Health Organization is advising that medical professionals only carry out the procedure only when it is an absolute medically necessity.
According to the organization, the caesarean procedure can lead to infections that can even cause death. The experts mentioned that this announcement should be taken into serious consideration.
Presently, there is an increasing number of women undergoing c-sections, while rates for the procedure have doubled since the early 1990’s. One main reason for this growth in popularity of this invasive procedure has nothing to do with doctor’s preferences, but it comes from women whom are being given the option to have scheduled caesareans instead of giving birth trough natural ways.
The World Health Organization explained that the percent of future mothers having caesareans should be only between 10 and 15 percent. The medical experts mentioned that this low number should be dictated by the dangers of the procedure, but also by the costs involved. An increasing rate of c-sections can cause troubles and overcrowd weaker health systems.
“Although it can save lives, caesarean section is often performed without medical need, putting women and their babies at risk of short- and long-term health problems. Across a population, the effects of Caesarean section rates on maternal and newborn outcomes such as stillbirths like birth asphyxia are still unknown. More research on the impact of Caesarean section on women’s psychological and social well-being is still needed,” states the message issued recently by the World Health Organization.
The WHO also said that the c-sections procedure can often cause serious complications, which can sometimes lead to disability and, in more extreme cases, death.
These statements released by the World Health Organization comes in direct contradiction with the National Health Service guidelines. The current protocol states that the procedure does not need medical reason and should be given to all women as an option of child birth.
Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research explained that the medical community should consider these conclusions and put them in practice in the shortest time possible.
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