Caesarean section rates are significantly higher in Egypt than other parts of the world, with some doctors accused of deliberately steering expectant mothers to choose this for their own convenience – and as a way of making money.
“The doctor chose C-section not to interrupt his annual leave,” Mai Shami told the BBC, referring to the experience of a mother from her group. The doctor to whom she was referring allegedly decided to deliver the baby at a time which worked for him, rather than let it happen naturally.
A Caesarean section is when a baby is delivered by making a surgical cut in the abdomen and womb. They fall into three categories:
A year ago, Mai launched a Facebook initiative called Stop Medically Unjustified Caesarean Section, which is followed by more than 12,000 people around the Arab world.
The initiative was a fruit of her personal experience of giving birth two years ago.
“Doctors were pushing me towards Caesarean section as if it were the only, best and most…