Unnecessary Procedures

Wealthy women in Bangladesh are driving a C-section boom, which has led to an increase in the rate of the procedure from 4% in 2004 to 23% in 2014. Some put the rate as high as 30% today.

And it isn’t health considerations driving the surge: The non-profit Save the Children estimates that 6 out of 10 C-sections, or 570,000 annually, are medically unnecessary. While the procedure is faster and nets more profits for physicians, it also puts babies and mothers at risk for infections, excessive bleeding, organ damage and blood clots.

Save the Children is hoping to curb the number of unnecessary C-sections through an information campaign and by encouraging more midwife training.

Source: Asian Correspondent

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