Reducing Unnecessary Cesarean Sections (C-Sections)

The rate of unnecessary Cesarean sections has been increasing at an alarming rate. This surgery brings serious risks to both the mother and the newborn, including hemorrhage, infection, respiratory complications and therefore, should be conducted only as medically necessary.

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An unnecessary c-section is when the decision to deliver a baby via c-section is driven by factors other than medical necessity. Unnecessary c-sections lead to short- and long-term complications and increased maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality (Bauserman, et al., 2015). Short-term complications include blood loss, infection, and venous thrombosis.

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