Brazil’s C-Section Rate is Almost Twice as High as in the U.S.

Overall procedures in the country total 55.5 percent; in private hospitals, the rate can be as high as 84 percent. Data are from the Ministry of Health.

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Cesarean section is the most common form of childbirth in Brazil. Of the total number of procedures performed in the country, 55.5 percent are C-sections, according to data from the Ministry of Health. In private hospitals, this rate may be as high as 84 percent. The total index in the U.S. is 32.9 percent.

Around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been conducting awareness campaigns to reduce the number of elective C-sections. Currently, the international organization estimates that the procedure would be required for . . .

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