The rate at which caesarean sections (c-sections) are happening in South Africa is among the highest in the world, this is according to a new report published by The Council of Medical Schemes.
In South Africa, c-section rates are currently sitting at an average of 78.57% for private hospitals and 44.10% for public hospitals. While many places across the world have a much lower c-section rate than SA, the upward trend has been seen across the globe.
Even though c-sections are generally safe, they do carry more risks when compared to vaginal delivery. The increased risks include possible pain or infection where the incision was made, an increased risk of blood loss and a longer recovery period due to having undergone a surgery. With this said, in certain instances a c-section can also be a life-saving procedure.
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