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Are more affluent women choosing to get c-sections at a higher rate than women from lower social economical backgrounds? So say the authors of the fairly recent study which looked at births in Scotland during three time periods: 1980-1981, 1990-1991 and 1999-2000. Their findings are published in the May 18 online edition of the journal BMC Public Health.
“Thirty years ago, mothers having cesarean sections were more likely to come from deprived areas and/or from a lower social background,” study co-author Ruth Dundas, a researcher with the Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, said in a news release from the journal’s publisher. “This was true for both elective and emergency sections.”
She said the tide is changing, 10 years later. “Although women from a lower social background were more likely to have emergency sections, there was no difference between them and women from a higher social background in elective surgery rates” but by “1999-2000, the rates had equalized for emergency section, but babies born by elective surgery were more likely to belong to mothers from the higher of the social classes measured.”
Commenting on the study findings, Dr. Andrei Rebarber, clinical associate professor at New York University School of Medicine, said in a Daily Thred piece that education level — which is linked to income — is playing a major role in the choices of women to deliver by C-section in the United States.
“The lay press has attributed elective cesarean sections to a combination of medical, legal and patient choice issues,” Rebarber said. “However, it seems likely that patient preference has become an ever-increasing factor in the overall cesarean delivery rate.”
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