Doctors should not perform Cesarean sections on a mother unless it is medically necessary, according to a new statement from the World Health Organization.
The procedure, one of the most common surgeries performed around the world, is necessary when a baby is in distress or if the mother’s labour has become prolonged. The purpose is to safely deliver the baby when the vaginal delivery is not an option.
While they can save lives, C-sections can put a mother and child in danger when not handled with the proper medical care, says the WHO.
There’s always the risk of major complications like disability and even death.
As at 2013, 33 percent of U.S. babies were born via C-section, but the WHO says the ideal percentage should be 10 to 15 percent per country.
“Due to their increased cost, high rates of unnecessary cesarean sections can pull resources away from other services in overloaded and weak health systems,” WHO said in a news release Friday.
But rates aren’t everything, said Dr. Marleen Temmerman, director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. The health of a mom and baby come first.
“These conclusions highlight the value of caesarean section in saving the lives of mothers and newborns,” she said in a statement. “They also illustrate how important it is to ensure a caesarean section is provided to the women in need — and to not just focus on achieving any specific rate,” she said in a statement.
Source: New York Daily News