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A new study shows that advantaged mothers in Scotland are more likely to have their babies by planned Caesarean section than mothers living in poorer circumstances.

Shift in social class of mothers undergoing Caesarean sections in Scotland

posted on: May 18, 2011

A new Medical Research Council study has shown that advantaged mothers in Scotland are more likely to have their babies by planned Caesarean section than mothers living in poorer circumstances. Emergency Caesarean sections, however, are equally distributed across the social spectrum. The findings mark a sea change in practice compared with thirty years ago, when those from poorer backgrounds were more likely to have Caesarean sections, both planned and emergency.
 
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