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ONE in four babies born in England are still delivered by Caesarean section - around double the figure recommended by the World Health Organisation, new figures have shown.

The rate for Caesareans has risen sharply in the last 25 years despite repeated calls for it to be cut.

The Royal College of Midwives has described the number of women undergoing Caesareans as worryingly high. Research has shown mothers who have a Caesarean delivery have more than triple the risk of needing a hysterectomy after their next pregnancy. The operation is also linked to higher risks for the mother and baby, including increased risk of death, blood clots and infant breathing problems.

The World Health Organisation recommends the Caesarean section rate should be no higher than 10% to 15%.

The England Caesarean rate has shown no change in a year, with the rate for 2007/08 remaining at 24.6%.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2009
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