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Caesarean section rate in England reaches 22%

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1118
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    More than a fifth of babies in England are delivered by caesarean section, latest hospital statistics for 2000-1 show. The rate increased from 18% in 1997-8 to 22% in 2000-01

    Over half of the total of 560 000 hospital deliveries in the analysis were spontaneous, both in onset and delivery. However, 21% of deliveries were induced, and 14% of women had an episiotomy. Just over 11% of deliveries were instrumental, with …

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