C-Section Deliveries on an All Time High in Britain

by Savitha C Muppala on  October 28, 2009 at 6:54 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 C-Section Deliveries on an All Time High in Britain
Close to one in four babies are born by a C-Section in Britain. These rising numbers of caesarean deliveries is a cause of concern as the numbers have nearly doubled in the past two decades.

The flagship Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust is in the news for the highest number of Caesarean deliveries in Britain. Thirty four of the 5,230 deliveries at the trust was Caesarean, recent statistics reveal.

Further, the numbers of planned and chosen C-sections were witnessing an increasing trend at Chelsea and the Westminster, compared to other trusts.

Celebrities are known to choose Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and use the private wing costing close to £6,000 per birth, including consultant fees.

A statement by the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust read, "Women who have had previous birthing problems often choose to have their baby privately. If these figures are excluded, [our] rate is 26 per cent, which is very comparable to other units in London."

Cathy Warwick, general secretary of The Royal College of Midwives RCM, 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. This is a major operation, with potential complications for women and their babies."

Tim Draycott, consultant obstetrician at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, and a spokesman for The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists commented that the Caesarean rate were similar to other developed countries.

"Chelsea and Westminster may serve a more specialist population, they may have more mothers exercising choice and they may have more older mothers. London also struggles to recruit midwives for one-to-one care and that may also contribute to the capital's high rate", Tim added.

Source: Medindia

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