23% of babies in England are delivered by caesarean section

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:806
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Rates of caesarean deliveries in England have increased slightly, according to figures published last week, which continued the long term trend of increasing medical intervention in child-birth. The NHS Maternity Statistics, England: 2003-04, based on hospital episode statistics, showed that the rate of caesarean sections increased slightly from 22.0% in 2002-3 to 22.7%. The total number of births also rose by 5% to 593 …

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