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C-Section Trend and Midwifery in Andhra Pradesh



  Mar 27, 2024

C-Section Trend and Midwifery in Andhra Pradesh



What is a C-section?

A C-section, or Cesarean section, is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through incisions in the abdomen and uterus. It’s often used when vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk.

Why is Andhra Pradesh focusing on C-section rates?

Andhra Pradesh has one of the highest rates of C-sections in India, second only to Telangana. The state is focusing on this issue due to concerns about the over-medicalization of childbirth and the potential health risks associated with unnecessary C-sections.

What is the C-Safe project?

C-Safe is a pilot project initiated by the Andhra Pradesh government to ensure that C-sections are performed only for medical reasons. It involves training midwives to support natural childbirth and reduce the reliance on surgical births.

Why are midwives at the helm of this initiative?

Midwives are trained to support and manage natural childbirth. Placing them at the helm of the initiative aims to promote vaginal deliveries and ensure that C-sections are reserved for genuine medical necessities, thus improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes.

How does the project aim to reverse the trend of elective C-sections?

The project focuses on educating pregnant women about the benefits of natural childbirth and the potential risks of unnecessary C-sections. It also includes training healthcare professionals to enhance their skills in supporting natural births and making informed decisions about when a C-section is truly needed.

What are the expected benefits of reducing unnecessary C-sections?

Reducing unnecessary C-sections can lead to lower maternal and neonatal complications, quicker recovery times for mothers, reduced healthcare costs, and improved overall birth experiences for families.

Is there evidence to support the shift towards midwife-led care?

Yes, international research and practices in countries with lower C-section rates suggest that midwife-led care can lead to more positive birth outcomes, fewer interventions during childbirth, and higher rates of maternal satisfaction.

How will the success of the C-Safe project be measured?

The success of the project will be measured by tracking the reduction in C-section rates, assessing improvements in maternal and neonatal health outcomes, and evaluating the satisfaction levels of mothers and families with their childbirth experiences.


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