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Caesarean births reach all-time high.

OLDER mothers are helping fuel a rise in Caesarean sections, which are now at an all-time high, figures suggest.

New data from NHS Digital shows an increase in Caesareans, accounting for 27.1% of all births in 2015/16, up from 26.5% the year before and 24.1% a decade ago. in 1990/91, just over 12% of deliveries were by Caesarean section.

The operations are more common among older women, and are also more likely if a woman is obese.

There were 648,107 deliveries in NHS hospitals during 2015/16, an increase of 1.8% on the previous year.

Among women aged 40 and over, the number of deliveries has risen from 22,123 in 2005/06 to 24,942 in 2015/16 - a rise of 12.7% over the decade. The detailed data shows that older mothers are much more likely than younger age groups to give birth by Caesarean section, and are more likely to have a pre-planned Caesarean.

Some 1,326 women aged 45 to 49 gave birth in 2015/16, with more than half (57.8%) of the deliveries being by Caesarean section.

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