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Babies delivered by c-section very high

28th October 2009

New figures have shown that emergency Caesarean rates in England are continuing to outstrip planned operations.


While the country's overall Caesarean rate has remained static at nearly a quarter of all births the NHS statistics have shown that while 10% of Caesarean births were planned procedures, 15% were unplanned operations.

And there are regional variations with the highest rates in London and babies at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust twice as likely to be born by Caesarean as those in Nottingham.

The NHS Information Centre figures show nearly 155,000 Caesareans recorded between 2008 and 2009.

The lowest rate of emergency Caesareans was the 9% at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust while Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust saw the lowest rate of elective operations at 5.6% of all births.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said some hospitals would need to examine closely the full range of reasons why their rate was different from the national average.

The Royal College of Midwives, said the findings were worrying.

General secretary Cathy Warwick said: “It is disappointing that we are not seeing a drop in the Caesarean section rate, and worrying that there are such wide regional variations, given that there is general agreement that Caesarean section rates are higher than they need to be.”

The National Childbirth Trust said the figures suggested the situation was getting worse, while the Department of Health said elective Caesareans were only performed if there was clinical evidence of expected benefits to the mother and/or baby.


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Article Information

Title: Babies delivered by c-section very high
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 13033
Date Added: 28th Oct 2009


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