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Doctors Warned Against Encouraging Elective Caesareans

an at St Thomas' Hospital in London and spokesperson for baby charity Tommy's, said problems with bleeding in pregnancy were a daily occurrence for obstetricians.

'If someone has a low placenta on a scar, that's a dangerous situation and one of the most frightening in obstetrics.

'It's something that should come into a consultation about caesarean when there is an element of choice involved - we're talking about small numbers, it's something women should be aware of', he opined.

Professor Philip Steer, BJOG editor-in-chief, added: 'The caesarean section rate in the UK is one of the highest in the world.

'Women need to be informed of the possible risks that can happen throughout the pregnancy and how it is important to have their scheduled ultrasound scans to detect if the baby is developing safely.

'Should a woman encounter unusual bleeding during her pregnancy, it is best if she sees the doctor immediately', he warns.

Cesarean birth is major surgery, and, as with other surgical procedures, risks are involved. The estimated risk of a woman dying after a cesarean birth is less than one in 2,500 (the risk of death after a vaginal birth is less than one in 10,000). These are estimated risks for a large population of women. Individual medical conditions such as some heart problems may make the risk of vaginal birth higher than cesarean birth.

Other risks for the mother include the following: Infection. The uterus or nearby pelvic organs such as the bladder or kidneys can become infected.

Increased blood loss. Blood loss on the average is about twice as much with cesarean birth as with vaginal birth. However, blood transfusions are rarely needed during a cesarean.

Decreased bowel function. The bowel sometimes slows down for several days after surgery, resulting in distention, bloating and discomfort.

Respiratory complications. General anesthesia can som
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