Make it mandatory for Hospitals to declare number of cesarean delivery #SafeBirth#FutureIN
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Firstly my gratitude's to Subarna Gosh who has raised her voice firstly thru Change.org. We are just supporting her and standing by her with one another way of showing care for change and need for community.
Following are transcripts from her own petition with some updated texts to cover entire Nation India...
Caesarean deliveries have become a business. Private hospitals in India conduct C-section deliveries even when they are not required so that they can make money.
I(Subarna Ghosh) was cut open to deliver my baby even though there was no medical reason. I wanted a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section because doctors misled and manipulated me.
I(Subarna Ghosh) had a long and painful recovery. In fact, recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children.
Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money.
I(Subarna Ghosh) wanted to make sure that no other woman is misled like I was. When I looked into the issue, what I found was alarming.
WHO guidelines say that C-section deliveries should only be 10-15% of total deliveries. For example I was shocked to learn that in state of Maharashtra, 33.1% of all deliveries are C-section births. You can imagine the depth and breath of this very issue, South to North and East to West of India.
To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully.
That’s why I(Subarna Ghosh), with support of the NGO Birth India, are asking the Honorable Prime minister and Health Minister of India to issue an advisory to all Private Hospitals across India:
- Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Cesarean delivery rates to patients on a periodic basis.
- Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate.
- Frame clear guidelines for conducting Cesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children
- Institute an Audit mechanism to oversee this regulation/advisory
- Report out to People Of India on Progress transparently
Smt Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development has already strongly supported this campaign at the National level. She called C-section deliveries a commercial racket and has called for their regulation.
The Union Health Ministry is also drafting rules that will direct all private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme to disclose their C-section rates.
However most hospitals are regulated by their respective state government, and that is why I am appealing to the PM of India, President of India, Health Ministry, Respective State CMs to take action in all states and help bringing in much needed change amongst us.
It is important that women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. This is a serious health risk and the Indian government has to take action NOW! GOD Bless All!
PS: Please note that intention of this Petition is to drive change, neither blaming any individuals nor organizations or any hospitals for that matter.
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