African mothers who give birth by cesarean section are 50 times more likely to die after the procedure than women living in high-income countries, the research says. "I was so scared I thought I was going to die during the process because I did not have enough information on c-section".
The study, published Thursday in the journal Lancet Global Health, found that the maternal mortality rate in African countrieswas "substantially higher than expected": 5.43 deaths per 1,000 operations, compared with 0.1 deaths per 1,000 operations in the United Kingdom, the authors said.
"One in six women in Africa also develops complications during surgery, nearly three times that of women in the U.S".
Death rates related to C-sections are roughly the same across most developed countries.
That figure is almost three times higher than in the US.
But the report's authors are not calling for less C-sections.
"Improving access to surgery might allow patients to present earlier and prevent complications and deaths but it is vital that this improvement occurs in parallel with programmes aimed at improving patient safety during caesarean delivery", Mr Biccard is quoted as saying in The Telegraph newspaper.