The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a reduction in the rate of medically unnecessary C-sections, and instead approach them on a case-by-case basis.

According to WHO, there’s a threshold for when the procedure might cause more harm than good and recent studies have put that threshold at about 10%, and according to MSN, as rates rise in that direction, the number of maternal and newborn deaths in the population decreases.

According to WHO, by putting only those who need them under the knife for C-sections, the money and resources needed to treat complications can be used for others' health care needs.

Dr. Marleen Temmerman, director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research commenting on this said,

“These conclusions highlight the value of caesarean section in saving the lives of mothers and newborns. They also illustrate how important it is to ensure a caesarean section is provided to the women in need — and to not just focus on achieving any specific rate.”