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Caesarean section: A global perspective 

Caesarean section: A global perspective
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Caesarean section: A global perspective
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James Walker

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198758563.003.0014
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date: 27 May 2020

Although caesarean section rates have increased throughout the world, the rates still vary from 2% to over 50% from country to country. This chapter provides a global perspective on the clinical and social issues around caesarean delivery. There are many factors that lead to the divergence of caesarean section rates both among different countries and among different areas within countries, ranging from levels of skill and training, to access to the facilities and support required to provide a service. The rise in rates is not due to a change in the need but to the increasing safety of the procedure. Because of this, a country’s caesarean rate can be used as a surrogate marker of the state of the healthcare facilities in the country. But it also demonstrates that you cannot increase the use of this life-saving procedure without providing significant improvements in infrastructure and training.

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