In some parts of Canada, as many as 30 per cent of babies are born by caesarean sections. That is quite high, considering that the World Health Organization recommends that ideally only 10 to 15 per cent of births be by C-section.


While many C-sections are necessary because of complications of labour, a number of birth experts believe this rate can be reduced, especially if women receive better support to deliver their babies vaginally.


Older women tend to have higher rates of caesarean, so the trend can partially explained by women waiting longer to have babies. Unnecessary caesarean deliveries increase the risk of illness and death for the mother and are more costly to the health care system, reports the Canadian Institute for Health Information.