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The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births

Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.

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. 

Pontsho Pilane is the communications manager at Soul City Institute for Social Justice. Pilane was a health journalist at Bhekisisa from 2017 until 2019.