Pune: According to the doctors at Pune Obstetrics and Gynaecologists Society workshop, the city witnesses around 50,000 deliveries every year and around 20,000 out of this are C-section deliveries. The data was shared by the doctors during an awareness workshop held in the city on Thursday.
The aim of the workshop was to present modern perspective about normal and caesarean deliveries.
Doctors at the workshop further noted that there is a need to change the attitude about cesarean deliveries in society. The awareness workshop underlined that through C-section deliveries, there is more scope made available to ensure the safety of mother and child.
Speaking during the workshop, Dr Nishikant Shrotri, gynaecologist and Organising Chairperson of the workshop, said that the World Health Organisation survey stated that if the percentage of C-section deliveries is less than 10 to 15, then it is not a healthy indication.
“It underlines that the health care services have not reached the society. Also, a tertiary hospital will see more C-section deliveries because they get complicated and referred cases,” said Dr Shrotri.
Dr Sanjay Gupte, senior gynaecologist from the city, said that the educated and economically higher strata of society asks for C-section. “In the private practice, there is a mistrust seen by the patients when doctors advice for C-section. There are many misconceptions about C-section deliveries, which need to be resolved,” he said.
Doctors emphasised that when normal deliveries have complications, doctors suggest for C-section, as the life of mother and child is in danger. Dr Manish Machave, a gynaecologist from the city, said that patients should ask questions and doctors should speak with the patients and resolve all the queries. Whenever C-section deliveries are demanded by patients, we do perform C-section deliveries.
Dr Vaishali Biniwale, a gynaecologist present for the talk, said that high risk patients are increasing these days with more number of pregnant women who are obese and 30 plus in their age.
“Also, modern technology is helping in early diagnosis of complications. Parents are opting for just one or two children. All these reasons are responsible for an increase in C-section deliveries. Some patients also believe in astrology and so they insist on C-section deliveries. Patients should also be told that C-section deliveries are last moment decisions. Then taking their consent becomes easy for doctors,” said Biniwale.