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C-section births rise to & # 39; alarming & # 39; worldwide rates – study

C-section births rise to & # 39; alarming & # 39; worldwide rates – study

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Caesarian procedures can save lives – but can also risk them unnecessarily

The use by caesarean doctors to give babies has almost doubled in 15 years to reach "alarming" proportions in some countries, a study says.

The rates rose from approximately 16 million births (12%) in 2000 to an estimated 29.7 million (21%) in 2015, according to the report in the medical journal The Lancet.

The nation with the highest percentage for using the operation to assist in childbirth is the Dominican Republic with 58.1%.

Doctors say that in many cases the use of the medical procedure is not justified.

Until recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that a caesarean (or C section) of more than 15% was excessive.

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