US caesarean births reach new high

Almost a third of all births in the US are by caesarean section, according to data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Following a decline in the early 1990s, the number of caesareans has risen in the last decade.

Caesareans rose to 1.4 million in 2007, the equivalent of 32 per cent of all deliveries.

This was the highest proportion on record and rates have increased in recent years for women, regardless of their age, race or location.

According to experts, the recent increase can be explained by more older women having children and multiple births.

George A. Macones, the chairman of obstetrics and gynaecology at Washington University, believes the continuing rise is not going to be good for anybody.

"What we're worried about is, the Caesarean section rate is going up, but we're not improving the health of babies being delivered or of moms," he said.

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