Sexual and reproductive health

Caesarean section without medical indication increases risk of short-term adverse outcomes for mothers

Policy brief

UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)

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Publication details

Number of pages: 2
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/HRP/10.20 - Web only


Caesarean section is one of the most commonly performed surgical operations in the world today. However, in a growing number of cases worldwide, caesarean section is being performed without any medical need. The rising number of such deliveries suggests that both health-care workers and their clients perceive the operation to be free from serious risks.