High caesarean rate that accounts for one in every four births in Britain has become an issue of discussion in the country.
Women are held culpable for opting for surgeries, as they can schedule the delivery time according to their choice; also, they don't want any damages to their body.
A study appeared online in the British Medical Journal brought that of all the 620,604 births took place in 2008, nearly 24% was delivered by caesarean. But the rate dropped to 15%, when factors like mothers' characteristics and clinical conditions were taken into account. The difference in caesarean rates around England is due to the decision making situations posed by the emergency circumstances.
Around 15,000 women underwent caesarean without possessing any clinical reason and 30% of them were operated in emergency, as wrote by Fiona Bragg, the lead author and specialty registrar in public health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She added that the differences were due to emergencies created.
She said, "One reason was that emergency caesarean covers a range of scenarios and there is no precise definition of when a baby is in distress or what constitutes a long and difficult labour, both of which could trigger the recommendation to operate".
The study reflected that the reasons for women going for surgical operations were forceful and not guided by choice, as stated by Dr. Anthony Falconer, President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.