Opinion: Natural Birth: A Rarity in Rio?

The most import “C” word for pregnant women in Brazil should be choice and this needs to be supported by all of those involved.

Opinion, by Rachel Brabbins

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Making the decision to have a baby outside of your home country is overwhelming, but when that country has the second highest rate of Cesarean sections in the world, the stakes are somewhat higher.

This is the reality of expatriates living in Rio de Janeiro today. In fact, 61 percent of all births in the cidade maravilhosa are performed by C-section. To put this into perspective the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum C-section rate of fifteen percent for optimal maternal and neonatal outcomes.  

Many health experts warned of . . .

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