The new guidelines, developed by NICE and the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health,aim to crack down on unnecessary and inappropriate caesareans
while still giving women a choice.
The World Health Organisation and experts recommend that Caesareans
are only appropriate in about ten per cent to 15 per cent of births.
More than 60pc of Caesareans
are emergency procedures, but in up to 7pc of cases there is no specific medical reason for avoiding a natural birth.
are about pounds 760 more costly and carry a higher risk of complication than natural births.
A spokesman for the firm said: "It was becoming increasingly difficult for us to distinguish between medically necessary Caesarean
sections and those that are a matter of personal or lifestyle choice.
THE number of babies born by Caesarean
section in England remains "worryingly" high, say experts.
Morbidly adherent placenta was found in 47.29% patients contributing to 7.14%, 39.39%, 81.81% and 75% of the patients with previous1, 2, 3 and 4 caesareans
having a placenta previa.
Background: There is widespread concern about increasing proportion of births by caesarean
The authors comment that "the dramatic reduction in our primary caesarean
section rate between 2001-2004 and 2005-2011, despite a progressive increase in complicated pregnancies, has put us on par with the United States of America, whose average caesarean
section rate is 38%."
performed before labour without pressing medical reason were 2.7 times as risky as normal birth.
But Louise Silverton, deputy general-secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, said Caesareans
had become too easy to obtain and that women are now less prepared to undergo the traumas of childbirth.
Rise in "no indicated risk" primary caesareans
in the United States, 1991-2001: cross sectional analysis.