‘Rise in C-section cases due to fear psycosis’

Though the feeling of becoming a mother is beyond words, when it comes to delivering babies, women these days prefer caesarean section (C-section) births to normal labour. Doctors attribute it to rise in awareness level, risk-averse patients and doctors, fear psychosis among pregnant women and late marriages. Addressing a Continuing Medical Education (CME) organised by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kamla Nehru State Hospital for Mother and Child, in association with Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Dr Arti Chauhan of the gynaecology department said, "The number of C-section births has risen in the past few years across the country. In Himachal Pradesh, there is 37 per cent rise C-section births at private hospitals, whereas it is limited to 17 per cent at government hospitals". Chauhan added that the reason for higher C-section births was that majority of women opt for late marriages and have kids even later. "As age advances, bones become hard and normal deliveries become difficult. As doctors, we try our best to counsel them to at least first try normal labour, as C-section births can have complications, both during and post delivery".

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