The World Health Organisation(WHO)on Thursday 15th February 2018, made 26 new recommendations relating to child birth in a bid to restraint the rise of caesarean deliveries. “Women in labour should be given more time to give birth and have fewer medical interventions, while participating more in decision-making” said a WHO official.
Among the recommendations, WHO rejected a traditional benchmark in labour wards worldwide for the dilation of a woman’s cervix at the rate of 1 centimetre per hour, saying it was “unrealistic” and often led to excessive caesarean sections. Dr. Olufemi Oladapo, a medical officer in WHO’s department of reproductive health and research, said that, “What has been happening over the last two decades is that we are having more and more interventions being applied unnecessarily to women.”
He further added that “Things like caesarean sections, using a drug called oxytocin to speed up labour is becoming very rampant in several areas of the world.”
In the 1950s, the guild lines related to woman’s cervix being dilate at the rate of 1 cm per hour in the initial stage was made. But recent research done on 15,000 women showed that the rate can be slower without endangering the health of a woman or child. “It’s not a good benchmark, it’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. We feel that everybody is unique, and some women can go slower than that and still have a normal vaginal birth,” he said.
He also said that women should be allowed to choose the position they are comfortable with. “We want a situation where women have an informed choice, and they are involved in decision-making,”