Caesarean section rate hits 20% in 1999-2000BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7301.1508/d (Published 23 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1508
- Annabel Ferriman
Provisional figures from the Department of Health suggest that the rate for caesarean sections in England hit an all time high of more than 20% in 1999-2000.
Caesarean delivery rates have climbed steadily since the second world war. From a level of under 3% in the 1950s, the proportion of deliveries that were by caesarean section had risen to 9% by 1980 and to12% …