Poor pre-natal guidance leading to global rise in caesarean rates

18 April 2017

A recent report, Striking the right balance: Global caesarean delivery rates in an era of controversy, reveals how the lack of effective pre-natal guidance is impacting global caesarean rates.

Factors such as medical liability law and the medical malpractice environment, financial incentives and scheduling convenience have contributed to this global surge in caesarean deliveries. 

Data reveals that in 2015 the rate of caesarean delivery amongst insured members in Dubai, for example, was 25% higher than a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article recommended an average of 19%.

This higher rate of caesarean sections in the region can be attributed to a number of factors including greater levels of obesity and diabetes.

Caesarean delivery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the world and while it can save lives, there are also potentially negative impacts on individual health and healthcare resources.

The research questions if there is such a thing as a universal optimal caesarean rate - and whether it helps achieve greater health equality across the globe, adding that “Countries and health care partners need to look at how to provide high-quality care in all settings and achieve the right proportion of intervention, resulting in healthy mothers and babies by working at a local level with the needs of individuals in mind, encouraging the appropriate development of emerging health care systems, and fostering the safe and effective use of medical technology all over the world."

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