Rate Of C-Sections Is Increasing By 30% Every Year

Trinity College Dublin more than one-third of first-time mothers are now giving birth by caesarean section in Ireland.

The rate of births by C-Section has risen by 30% every year over the past decade, according to a new study. 

Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin found more than one-third of first-time mothers are now giving birth by caesarean section in Ireland.

The study found there's been a steady rise, of over 30 per cent year on year, in caesarean birth rates over the last decade.

However, researchers at Trinity College in Dublin, say there's no evidence suggesting any additional benefits to mothers and babies, and the high C-Section rates are not in keeping with the expectations of pregnant women.

Sunita Panda, Assistant Professor in Midwifery, at Trinity College Dublin, and lead author of the study, says there's a fear-factor among doctors and nurses, who are recommending a C-Section in case patients take legal action if something goes wrong during a natural birth:

Dr Krysia Lynch, Maternity care expert and Chair of the Association for Improvements to Maternity Services in Ireland, says pregnant women should be able to expect the same standard of care in all hospitals around the country:

The study of 20 obstetricians and 15 midwives in three maternity units in the Republic of Ireland, found ambiguity around induced labour is major contributing factor rising C-Section rates, while women's requests may not be an influencing the decision-making for C-sections for first-time mothers.
 

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