Latest News:  

English>>China Society

Newborns' weight increasing rises caesarian births in China

(Global Times)

13:07, July 10, 2013

Wang Yang lay on the hospital bed, sweating hard because of the continuous pain caused by labor contractions. Her suffering had continued for more than 17 hours, but her cervix was still not open wide enough for the baby to be born.

Wang felt she could not bear the pain any longer so she asked her husband, who was sitting by her side, to ask the doctor for a caesarean section. However, her mother opposed the idea, saying Wang should have a natural birth because it is beneficial for her and the baby's health.

"I was totally furious at that time and quarreled with my mother. I accused her of not understanding how much pain I was in. It's me who has to bear the pain rather than her. I even yelled at her to get away," Wang recounted.

The quarrel ended when the doctor stepped in and told Wang she should stick with a natural birth, because she was not facing a medical emergency. Doctors are supposed to call for caesarian births to deal with medical complications that pose risks to the child or mother, not to make a mother more comfortable.

Though most of the old generation like Wang's mother prefer natural births, many mothers born after 1980 have a different attitude, and think a caesarean birth is a good option.

World Health Organization (WHO) statistics from 2011 show that caesarean births in China have risen to 46.5 percent, and in some first-tier cities, the figure is more than 60 percent, far above the rate of 15 percent, which WHO thinks reflects the appropriate rate if the procedure is used based on medical need. This is an incredible change from the previous generation. In 1970s, the caesarean rate in China was only 5 percent, according to the Beijing Public Health Information Center.

One of the main drivers appears to be women intent on avoiding the pain of childbirth. Another reason is that Chinese women are giving birth to bigger babies more frequently. In addition, doctors make more money from caesarean births.

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

We Recommend:

To be cool in the summer: photo story

TCM exam in audition for dating with rich

Law demands visits to parents

China's weekly story
(2013 6.22-6.28)

Seasonal migration of left-behind children

A light dream of LED R&D engineer

Beauties under summer sun on Beijing street

Working in aircraft maintenance division

Future bodyguards receive tactical shooting training

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:GaoYinan、Chen Lidan)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Chinese,Russian naval forces leave for drill

  2. China-Russia joint drill enters 2nd day

  3. Iranian female ninjas show combat skills

  4. Children's hospital full of patients

  5. Pushy parents turn matchmaking events

  6. China's weekly story

  7. Top 20 most popular supermodels

  8. Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week kicks off in Brazil

  9. Born to lead: 2nd gen of Chinese tycoons

  10. China's inflation grows 2.7% in June

Most Popular


  1. China, U.S. discuss cyber security
  2. Why we are obsessed with selfies?
  3. Israel keen on luring Chinese tourists
  4. 'Bernanke shock' necessary
  5. Safety first for baby formula
  6. Defense paper shows Tokyo's hysteria
  7. Shanghai investor sentiment drops
  8. Graduates need more help to start business
  9. CPC is thriving
  10. S&ED serves as 1st major step to build Sino-US ties

What’s happening in China

Wall collapse kills 12, injures 7 in N China

  1. Newborns' weight leads caesarian births rise
  2. New system adopted for fairer access to organs
  3. Hospitals to stop taking cut of drug sales
  4. Jobs as chengguan hold allure in Beijing
  5. Mayor apologizes for S China river pollution