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Rates of caesarean vary widely across Europe

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1332 (Published 09 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1332

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The proportion of births involving caesarean section varies widely across Europe, ranging from 52.2% of all births in Cyprus to 14.8% in Iceland, shows research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.1

The authors of the Euro-Peristat study said that the continuing wide variation in rates of caesarean section and instrumental vaginal delivery pointed to a lack of consensus on good obstetric practice.

The World Health Organization says that there is no justification for any region to have a caesarean rate higher than 10-15%, …

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