European Cesarean Rates Vary Widely


New baby on mom's bellyThe risks involved with delivering a baby by cesarean section include everything from longer healing time for mom, and missed beneficial bacteria for babies to an increased risk of SIDS and infection. In light of that knowledge, the large variation in cesarean rates found throughout Europe in a recent study are a bit concerning; they suggest that there may be a lack of consensus as to the best method of delivering a baby, and when a C-section may be warranted.

According to the new study, cesarean rates are as high as 52% in Cyprus while in Sweden, they were a mere 17%. And in the United Kingdom, one in four of all births were done by cesarean section.

MORE: Study: European Cesarean Rates Vary Widely from Growing Your Baby.

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