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Concern at the increased levels of Caesarean sections

19 February, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy chair of the Health Committee, Michelle O Neill, has said that there are increasing concerns about the amount of women opting for a caesarean sections during childbirth. Recent studies have shown that this method of delivery can lead to increased need for postnatal care.

Speaking today Ms O'Neill said:

"Caesarean Sections as a method for childbirth are increasing year on year. Many health officials including midwives have stressed their concern about these increases and the pressures they place both on the new born child but also on hospital services as a whole.

"Those born by caesarean section have an 80% higher propensity of developing childhood asthma, a 20% higher chance of developing type one diabetes and are more likely to require admission into special care baby units for breathing difficulties.

"This undoubtedly increases the risk of the baby's health and due to the increasing levels of caesarean sections, is placing a greater burden on health care specialists and hospital services.

"Sinn Fein have been meeting with various groups including the College of Midwives assessing how best to begin to redress this situation.

"As such we are calling on the Minister of Health, Michael McGimpsey, to initiate a public safety awareness campaign in regards to the health risks and to develop a strategy to tackle the high levels of caesarean sections."

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