The following article co-authored by Ties Boerma, professor with the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Canada Research Chair for Population and Global Health, appeared online on The Conversation:
When pregnancy or childbirth go wrong, access to Caesarean section – usually known as C-section – can be the difference between life and death for both the woman and her baby.
Because they can save women’s and infants’ lives, C-sections should be universally accessible. But they aren’t. This is clear from the fact that there’s a huge disparity in C-section rates between countries, and even within countries. These patterns are highlighted in a recent Lancet series “Optimising Caesarean section use”.