Bizarre Brazil: 'Epidemic' of Caeserean births restricted
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 47, November 2015
Rio de Janeiro — It is sometimes said that Brazilians are not known for their tight planning, but when it comes to birth many wealthy
Brazilian womenleave nothing to chance. Many
women in Brazilplan their
childbirthon Friday, so the family can get right on maternity visits in the weekends...
Brazil also has one of the highest rates of
Caesarean sectionsin the world. This applies primarily to private hospitals. In clicics, giving birth this way is very popular, with more than 80% of babies being born there through surgery, while this is necessary in only 15% of childbirth, according to the World Health Organization.
Opponents of Caesarean sections without medical indications call it an 'epidemic' in Brazil. One of the reasons is the fact that many Brazilian women are very afraid of labor pains. Furthermore, in Brazil's body-conscious culture people are convinced that giving birth the natural way will affect sexual pleasure severely.
The habit of accomplishing Caesarean sections have been that established in Brazil that pregnant women often do not know anyone else who does give natural birth.
Therefore, currently new rules have come into force aimed at
reducing Brazil's high number of Caesarean births.
These rules oblige doctors to inform women about the risks and ask them to sign a consent form before performing a Caesarean section.
Also doctors will have to justify why a surgery was necessary.