How Not to Misquote the World Health Organization

From World Health Organization's Frequently Asked Questions about c-sections:


Does WHO recommend a specific caesarean section rate at country level?

No, through this Statement WHO does not recommend a specific rate for countries to achieve at population level. The work conducted by WHO found that as countries increase their caesarean section rates up to 10%, maternal and neonatal mortality decrease. However, caesarean section rates higher than 10% are not associated with reductions in maternal and newborn mortality rates. Despite this, mortality is not the only outcome to consider. Other important outcomes would be short- and long-term maternal and perinatal morbidity, for example, obstetric fistula, birth asphyxia, or psychosocial implications regarding the maternal¬–¬infant relationship, women’s psychological health, women’s ability to successfully initiate breastfeeding and paediatric outcomes. Lack of data prevented the inclusion of these and other outcomes in the WHO analysis.