India has witnessed a sudden increase of 15 percent in caesarean sections or caesarean deliveries - a procedure performed only during complicated pregnancies and difficulty in a normal vaginal delivery, gynaecologists said. The doctors said that rise in C-section cases, both in urban and rural areas, are due to delayed marriage and the consequent late child birth, coupled with lifestyle and environmental factors. Medical science says that if there are no complications with pregnancy or labour, a vaginal birth is safer than a caesarean birth. Vaginal birth also makes future pregnancies and fertility safer. ‘If there are no complications with pregnancy or labour, a vaginal birth is safer than a caesarean birth. Vaginal birth also makes future pregnancies and fertility safer.’ According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), until 2010, caesarean sections were limited to 8.5 percent of all deliveries in India. "But in the last decade or so, the numbers have escalated in many parts of the country, reaching as high as 41 percent of deliveries in Kerala and 58 percent in Tamil Nadu," it said. Bandita Sinha, gynaecologist and fertility specialist at World of Women, a leading medical centre for gynaecology cases, said: "The alarming factor is that the recommended level of caesarean deliveries by WHO is 10-15 percent. The sudden increase in the number of caesarean sections is visible in both urban and rural areas." The lifestyle factors leads to an increasing number of women opting for their first child post 30 years of age. According to Sinha, there are various indications of a caesarean delivery, like contracted pelvis, where if the size of the baby is not proportionate to the size of the birth canal, normal delivery becomes difficult. "Health of the scar of any previous uterine surgery also determines if the women will have a natural delivery. Foetal distress or prolonged labour, severe hypertension and other medical conditions can affect mother or baby's health," said Sinha. Gauri Gore, gynaecologist at city-based Zen Hospital, said: "Sometimes, the caesarean-section becomes risky if the mother has genital herpes. So, it has to be ensured that the mother's infection does not pass on to the baby." Gore said that a sedentary lifestyle or lack of exercise could also increase the possibility of a C-section.Source: IANS << Kindergarten is the New First Grade Injection Drug Use Could Increase Immune Activation >> Recommended Reading Caesarean Section Deliveries in India Has Gone Up from 10% to 30% The caesarean section is a globally recognized maternal health-care indicator. READ MORE Caesarean Births may be Impacting Human Evolution Continuous usage of caesarean sections may be impacting human evolution as more mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow pelvis size. READ MORE Pre-labour Caesarean Delivery Linked to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia A potential correlation between pre-labour caesarean delivery (PLCD) and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia could offer new targets for cancer prevention research. READ MORE Three Women Die After Caesarean Section at Government Hospital in Odisha The condition of three women who underwent caesarean section deteriorated suddenly after taking medicines, and they died after a bout of severe vomiting. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Interaction Checker Vent Forte (Theophylline) Color Blindness Calculator More News on: Cesarean SectionHow to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?