- The Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa
- South Africa
In many cultures around the world, vaginal birth is still the norm with women only having C-sections in emergency situations. However, in South Africa, the C-section rate is one of the highest in the world with two in three South African mothers in private hospitals giving birth via C-Section. Researchers believe that this is mainly because C-sections have become elective procedures based on convenience instead of medical necessity.
A study into factors influencing the choice of Caesarean sections has revealed some interesting information around why doctors and clinicians push their patients to go for this option.
It was discovered that almost 70% of doctors who deliver babies by C-section may do so because they're afraid of being sued. Coupled with this, some also indicate that they choose C-sections in order to avoid damage to the woman's body or because there is insufficient staff to allow for vaginal birth.
Some also said that performing C-sections is more "convenient" and "organised". All of this, despite evidence that natural, vaginal births are safer and less likely to involve complications.
We, as women and mothers, have to take a stand against this. The day that you give birth to your child will be in your memory forever. It might even be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For doctors on the other hand, it’s just another day in the office. Their “convenience” shouldn’t come first.
We want to create awareness and prevent unnecessary Caesarean sections from happening. Please join us to bring the C-section rate in South Africa back down to a rarity.
We, the undersigned, call on all Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in South Africa to prevent carrying out unnecessary C-sections and to bring the rate back down to a minimum.
The Stop Unnecessary C-Sections in South Africa petition to The Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa was written by Rhanda Clarke and is in the category Health at GoPetition.