Caesarean section rate in England and Wales hits 21%

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:951
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    More than 1 in 5 births in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are now delivered by caesarean section.

    A national audit of the caesarean section rate, based on a snapshot of births in maternity units during a three month period, has shown that the overall rate for England and Wales is now 21.5% That compares with a rate in England of 4% some 30 years ago.

    The national sentinel caesarean section audit, carried out by the clinical effectiveness support unit of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, …

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