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C-Section Rates Around the World: Which Countries Perform Too Many?

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C-sections are a welcome option for many women who struggle to deliver naturally. For others, C-sections are unnecessary. But think about this: There are many places in the world where the option to receive a C-section, whether it's a life-or-death case or not, is nonexistent. On the flip side, there are places where C-sections are the default option when giving birth.

In Brazil, rates of C-sections are far too high, according to The Atlantic, with private hospitals performing them an astounding 82 percent of the time. In the U.S., our rates are high, as well—around 20 percent higher than what the World Health Organization recommends. The U.S. hopes to lower its rate by 10 percent by 2020.

At the other end of the spectrum, African countries have disturbingly low rates of C-sections (between 0 and 1.9 percent).

Check out this infographic created by The Huffington Post to learn more about where C-sections dominate delivery options in hospitals and where they're sadly scarce.

Photograph by Jupiterimages

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