Women's health put at risk by 'too many C-sections'

Women's health is being put at increasing risk by the "over-medicalisation" of pregnancy across the globe, experts have warned. Unnecessary C-sections have lasting effects on both mother and baby, according to The Lancet journal.

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Needs of pregnant women 'still not being met'

The needs of pregnant women and their unborn children are "still not being met" as midwifery care in under-developed, according to one author of a report into the over-medicalisation of childbirth.

Professor Mary Renfrew, a report author from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said:

Many of the needs of childbearing women, their babies, and families across the world are still not being met, despite long-standing recognition that women and their babies need access to health care which provides more than just emergency interventions for acute medical problems.

Although midwifery is already widely acknowledged as making a vital and cost-effective contribution to high-quality maternal and newborn care in many countries, its potential social, economic and health benefits are far from being realised on a global scale.

– Professor Mary Renfrew

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