‘The normalising of the operation throughout society has lulled women into a false sense of security. It’s only a matter of time before we have a sharp increase in maternal mortality because of Caesarean sections. We are beginning to see it happen already.’
—Dr Sharon Oates, April 2002
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for which Dr. Oates served as an OB-GYN consultant at the time of this article had a 10.4 percent c-section rate— the lowest in the UK.
“When doctors and mothers assess the risks of Caesareans, they generally only think about what the risks are at that time and ignore the impact they might have five years down the line.”
—Dr. James Walker, Leeds University
Hat tip: Joanna Karpasea-Jones, Suite 101