- An agency of the United Nations, World Health Organisation, has frowned against unnecessary caesarean section that pregnant women are subjected to
- The agency said that women are subjected to C-section because doctors and midwives think they are taking too long to give birth
- WHO stated that this practice is rampant in many nations of the world
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed displeasure over unnecessary caesarean section that pregnant women are subjected to in the course of child birth.
WHO stated that women are being pushed into unnecessary C-section because they are not given enough time to give birth, Daily Trust reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the agency on Monday, February 19, issued new childbirth guidance removing the emphasis on a timescale over which a ‘normal’ labour should take place.
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According to WHO, increasing medicalisation of childbirth has meant unnecessary interventions have become rampant in many nations, usually because doctors think women are taking too long to give birth.
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 that this is inaccurate and often childbirth takes far longer.
The WHO on Monday, February 19, said women are being forced into having unnecessary procedures because midwives and doctors think labour was taking too long. And the new advice says slow progress alone should not be a trigger for intervention.
A medical officer in WHO's department of reproductive health and research, Dr Olufemi Oladapo, said: “What has been happening over the last two decades is that we are having more and more interventions being applied unnecessarily to women.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that a woman delivered her baby twins using her own hands during a caesarean section in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Gerri Wolfe, 41, gave birth to her 10th and 11th children, Matilda and Violet, in an unusual procedure - maternal assisted caesarean.
Although Wolfe's gynaecologist and husband were against this idea, she got her own way and said: "It's my body, it's my birth, it's my baby. This is what I need to reclaim my birth - to make it more personal for me, so I can be a good mother.''
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