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Egypt Warns of Medically Unjustified C-Sections, Encourages Natural Birth

September 11, 2022
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Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson, Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, announced on Friday that the percentage of “medically unjustified” caesarean childbirth is more than 62 percent of total deliveries in Egypt. Abdel-Ghaffar noted that unnecessary caesarean deliveries (C-sections), which are deliveries that could have been performed naturally, result in higher chances of placing the newborn baby in an incubator. The number of total caesarean delivers in Egypt increased to 72 percent from 52 percent in 2014, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS). The Ministry recently took a number of measures to promote natural birth, including providing financial incentives for medical staff to perform natural birth, and to distribute questionnaires to spark discussions on ways to encourage pregnant women to adopt the idea of natural birth. A caesarean section, or C-section, is an operation to deliver the baby through a cut made in the abdomen. While it is considered to be the safest option in certain situations, such as fetal distress or obstructed labor, it carries a number of risks if performed when there is no medical need. These risks include heavy bleeding or infection, slower recovery…

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