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Global rise in caesarean births

The global rise in caesarean births (sections) is increasingly under the spotlight in the last decade with an increase in emergency and planned caesarean birth rates.

A caesarean birth can be a life-saving procedure and they form an essential part of care to ensure the safest possible birth, but there are risks and complications associated with maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality with increasing operative interventions. This has led to global experts reviewing strategies to address this in high-, middle- and low-income resource settings. In low-income settings, another consideration is the impact on perinatal and maternal mortality and morbidity due to delayed emergency caesarean births.

Both vaginal and caesarean births carry certain benefits and risks, which should be explained and discussed with women as they plan how they wish to give birth. The safety and care of a woman during labour and birth, and the safe arrival of her baby, should always be the main focus and as a College we do not promote one type of birth over another. 

This global webinar is aimed predominantly at clinicians and others working in healthcare services and the aim is to answer questions including: Why are caesarean births increasing? Is there an ideal caesarean birth rate? How we can ensure a balanced and evidence based counselling approach for women and their partners to consider their choices for birth? Practical tips on counselling for delivery options for birth following one or more caesarean births, dealing with difficult deliveries at caesarean birth and a multidisciplinary approach to set up an abnormally invasive placenta service. 

Why you should watch

  • Opportunity to listen to national and international experts on the issue of global caesarean births
  • Understand the reasons for the global increase in caesarean birth rates and the outcomes attached  
  • Improving the knowledge and awareness of the short-term and long-term consequences of operative interventions
  • Get practical tips for dealing with challenging clinical scenarios with complex and difficult caesarean births
  • Broaden understanding about the complications following planned caesarean births that will help with counselling women about their choices, safety of caesarean births, short term and long-term sequelae
  • Update on current guidance on counselling for birth following one or more caesarean births
  • Appreciate the logistic and practical challenges in setting up the abnormally invasive placenta services as regional networks in the UK
  • Interactive panel discussion session with experts

Who should watch

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultants and Trainees
  • Obstetric anaesthetists
  • Midwives
  • Neonatologists
  • Commissioners
  • Service users including women and their families

This page was last reviewed 08 December 2021.