Chandigarh becomes Caesarean hotspot: Reluctance to bear pain, late marriages among reasons
Chandigarh is the preferred destination for deliveries among residents of adjoining cities such as Shimla and Ambala, and even people from Rajasthan where the health facilities are not up to the mark.Updated: Aug 05, 2017, 11:44 IST
As the Union health minister JP Nadda on Friday told the Lok Sabha that one in two babies were delivered through caesarian section (C-section) in CGHS-empanelled private hospitals across the country during 2016-17, it was pointed out that Chandigarh topped the list with highest rate of such deliveries.
Among the top five cities, Chandigarh had the most astonishing figure of 98.35% C-section deliveries in CGHS-empanelled private hospitals. As HT spoke to city gynacecologists to understand the reason behind this trend, it emerged that lack of physical activity, inability to bear labour pain, late marriage and growing urban population were responsible for making C-section option popular among local women.
Dr Mangla Dogra, a prominent gynaecologist with almost 40 years’ experience, feels the sedentary lifestyle is responsible to a huge extent. “If we tell youngsters these days to go for a walk, they’ll make a face. But if we tell them to go to the Elante (mall), they’ll jump out of their beds,” Dr Dogra said while talking to HT.
She said Chandigarh is the preferred destination for deliveries among residents of adjoining cities such as Shimla and Ambala, and even people from Rajasthan where the health facilities are not up to the mark.
Dr Seema Wadhwa of Max Hospital, Mohali, said that since government hospitals are overburdened, a lot of pregnant women opt for deliveries at private hospitals. “The new generation is reluctant to bear labour pain. They feel C-section is a convenient option,” she added. Chandigarh’s growing urban population, according to doctors, is also responsible for this trend. “One doesn’t see a sweeper or a village woman go in for C-section unless it is absolutely crucial as they are agile. But the modern educated 29-year old straightway asks for a C-section when they come to us,” said Dr Dogra.
Dr Gulpreet Bedi, another gynaecologist, said, “Chandigarh is a highly educated city and average marriage age of a girl here is much higher than that of a village girl. This, in turn, creates complications, leading to higher C-section deliveries. The rate of infertility cases is also very high here.”
According to Dr Alka Sehgal, head, gynaecology department, GMCH-32, high risk pregnancies have become very common in the last couple of years. “The level of stress among today’s youth is very high which, in turn, reduces the chance for natural delivery. This trend is more common in cities than in smaller towns or villages.”
Dr Umesh Jindal, a former PGI gynaecologist who now runs a private centre, has seen the change for herself. “From what I have observed, women who have already had C-section deliveries for the first time, automatically end up having C-section the second time too. It is rare that there is a normal delivery after a C-section since scars remain,” she added.