Make Natural Childbirth Cool Again

Cesarean section is a crucial, life-saving alternative to natural childbirth—but too often it is becoming the default choice, write Laxmi Tamang and colleagues. In Nepal it is “alarmingly escalating.”

The WHO standard says no region should deliver more than 10-15% of babies by C-section. In some Nepalese hospitals, 20% of babies are delivered by C-section; others as many as 80%. Many of these C-sections are elected, in private medical settings, without being medically-justified.

Tamang calls for Nepal to start rating their hospitals according to their rate of medically-unnecessary C-sections, and make natural childbirth the gold standard again.

Journal of Gynecology and Women’s Health

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