China: C-Section nation
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.