Spike in caesarean birth rate in India sparks concern

The rise of caesarean deliveries in the last decade corresponds to an annual growth rate of 7 per cent, almost twice that observed in the rest of the world, said the study.
The rise of caesarean deliveries in the last decade corresponds to an annual growth rate of 7 per cent, almost twice that observed in the rest of the world, said the study.PHOTO: REUTERS

Study highlights need to study rapid growth, particularly in urban areas, among affluent

An estimated 4.38 million caesarean births were recorded every year in India between 2010 and 2016, according to a study that has expressed concern about the rapidly growing rate of such deliveries in the country.

The latest available government data shows that India has more than doubled its rate of caesarean deliveries from 8.5 per cent in 2005-2006 to 17.2 per cent in 2015-2016.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2019, with the headline 'Spike in caesarean birth rate in India sparks concern'. Print Edition | Subscribe