DAK: The number of caesarean sections is growing rapidly

DAK: The number of caesarean sections is growing rapidly

The fact that in Germany, according to current data from the health insurance company DAK, every third baby is born as a caesarean section (caesarean section) is causing debate. Above all, it is seen as problematic that there are more and more "wishfuls".

A requested Caesarean section means that the woman could give birth through the birth canal, but would prefer the baby to be brought in via Caesarean section. One reason seems to be fears of the pain at birth. Complications such as a rupture of the perineum (the piece between the intestinal exit and the end of the uterus) or possible subsequent problems with urination could also be reasons. Furthermore, everything is easier to plan with the preferred Caesarean section two weeks before the official birth date.

Official figures say that the number of caesarean sections in Germany has risen from 15 percent in 1991 to over 30 percent now. About 40 years ago, the quota was seven percent. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends only a maximum of 15 percent per country for Caesarean sections.

In the meantime, the anesthetic and surgical procedures for caesarean sections are so sophisticated that the procedure is viewed as harmless. But the DAK expert, gynecologist Dr. Christiane Kutter-Deest, points out that complications such as bleeding, infections and incidents during anesthesia, as with any other surgical procedure, can appear.

The DAK states that “even years later, affected women suffer from pain or the missed birth experience”. This position is also represented by the Düsseldorf doctor Katrin Mikolitch. Because of the frequent occurrence of complaints after caesarean section operations, she founded the "Caesarean section network". It offers education and help to affected women and therapists who work in the field. She also criticizes, among other things, that the women are still not sufficiently informed about the procedure and possible consequences before a caesarean section. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, March 10, 2010)

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Current course with Katrin Mikolitch in Hanover

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