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Unnecessary C-sections: WHO Warns Against not Giving Women Enough Time to Give Birth

Unnecessary C-sections: WHO Warns Against not Giving Women Enough Time to Give Birth Women are being pushed into unnecessary C-sections because they are not given enough time to give birth, the World Health Organisation has warned.
The UN agency yesterday issued new childbirth guidance removing the emphasis on a timescale over which a ‘normal’ labour should take place.
Guidelines dating back to the 1950s suggest a normal birth should be expected to progress at a set pace – roughly 1cm of dilation every hour.
But mounting evidence suggests this is inaccurate and often childbirth takes far longer.
The WHO yesterday said women are being forced into having unnecessary procedures because midwives and doctors thought labour was taking too long.
And the new advice says slow progress alone should not be a trigger for intervention.
Dr Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer in WHO’s department of reproductive health and research, said: “What has been happening over the last two decades is that we are having more and more interventions being applied unnecessarily to women.”
Daily Trust News

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