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The number of operations caesarean section in Israel is lower than in all other OECD countries

Among the 34 States of the OECD, Israel ranks first in fertility and last — the number of operations caesarean section. Less often, such operations are carried out in hospitals serving predominantly ultra-Orthodox population, according to The Jerusalem Post citing a report that was discussed on Tuesday at the Commission meeting of the Knesset health.

The report, compiled on the initiative of deputies Ahmad Tibi and Revital Sweid, also raises other issues of women’s health. The report noted that the average life expectancy of women in Israel is 83,9 — one of the highest rates in the OECD countries. The highest life expectancy among OECD countries is observed in Japan (86,6) and lowest in Mexico (77,4).

Israeli women are also leading in OECD countries by number of children. On average, Israeli women, three children, whereas the average for the OECD countries is 1.7.

Per thousand births in Israel have sank by 154.3 caesarean section. The average for the OECD countries is 258,7. The highest rate in Turkey 503,6.

Israel ranks fifth out of the OECD countries in mortality from breast cancer. If on average in the OECD die from breast cancer is 24.4 out of 100 thousand women in Israel, this number is 30.5.

We will remind, the world health organization published in April this year a recommendation that the caesarean section is allowed only if natural childbirth would endanger the mother or the child – namely, in the case of prolonged labor, abnormalities in the foetus or in case of wrong presentation of the fetus.

Who notes that there is an «ideal ratio», derived in 1985, according to which, caesarean section is used in 10%-15% of the total number of births. According to recent studies, if the number of operations is about 10%, the mortality rate among mothers and babies is reduced, however, if this number exceeds 10%, there is no evidence of reducing mortality in childbirth.

The number of operations caesarean section in Israel is lower than in all other OECD countries 02.12.2015

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