China: C-Section nation

March 29, 2012

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The fourth biggest reason Chinese women have C-sections is the fear that having a natural birth would influence their sex lives.

The rates of C-sections are skyrocketing around the globe, but China’s one-child policy makes their situation unique. China has the world’s highest rate of cesarean births. Nearly half of all Chinese women deliver their babies by C-section, and in many cases for no medical reason. Mara Hvistendahl is the Shanghai-based correspondent for Science Magazine. She tells Worldview how the one-child policy has helped to introduce a mechanized, highly controlled way of thinking about childbirth.