Saturday, April 17, 2010

Malta: Safe birth outcomes, not fewer cesareans should be goal

Juan Ameen's article in The Times of Malta, Fewer caesarean section births but top obstetrician has reservations, reports on a reduction in cesarean births in Malta, but includes a warning from the head of the Obstetrics Department at Mater Dei Hospital, Mark Brincat, who believes that cutting the numbers should not be the ultimate goal.

He is described as still welcoming the decline, but with an insistence that the drop "is not a goal in itself as the primary aim should be the safe outcome for the mother and the baby".

The article states that the number of cesareans "increased steadily between 1999 and 2006 but started dropping from 2006 when 35% of deliveries were by [cesarean], further declining to 31%, or 1,321 births, in 2008."

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