South Africa’s rate of Caesarean sections is more than seven times the World Health Organisation recommended average.
The reasons more moms are going under the knife during birth are complex and range from convenience to doctors’ fears over litigation. But a c-section isn’t always the right choice for mothers and babies.
If you’re expecting a baby and struggling to choose which birth option is best for you, we help you weigh up the pros and cons.
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Bhekisisa means "to scrutinise" in Zulu
In South Africa, Zulu patients who would like to be thoroughly assessed by a doctor, would ask the physician to "bhekisisa" them.