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Caesarean section is highly risky for mothers and babies in low and middle income countries

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1499 (Published 29 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1499
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Women undergoing caesarean section in low and middle countries face a risk of death around 100 times higher than women who have the procedure in the UK, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Lancet shows.1

The analysis also found that a third of all babies delivered by the procedure do not survive in some regions of the world.

The analysis included 196 studies, covering 12 million pregnancies in 67 low and middle countries, and found that the risk of death for women undergoing caesarean section in these countries was 7.6 per 1000 procedures—around 100 times higher than …

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