Research shows most celebs like to push
CELEBRITIES who have been dubbed "too posh to push" for opting to give birth by caesarean section instead of naturally, may have an unfair reputation.
Trainee medic Dr Sarah Nicholson and her senior colleague Dr Mary Higgins, a obstetrician at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street Dublin, reached the conclusion after a mini survey of celebrities featured in Hello! magazine.
It suggested the C-section rate among celebrities was 19pc, which is not much higher than the limit of 15pc recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Their research was based on articles about 59 celebrities, including the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian, in the popular glossy between November 2012 and October 2013.
The doctors, who presented their study to a meeting at the Royal College of Physicians, found that 25 of the new parents kept the mode of delivery under wraps; while 11 women had a caesarean section – a rate of just under 19pc.
Twenty women had natural births and three babies were born to surrogate mothers for male celebrities.
The research comes after figures obtained by the Association for the Improvement of Maternity Services in Ireland (AIMS) showed there is wide variations in caesarean section rates in Irish hospitals, ranging from 38pc in St Luke's in Kilkenny to 19.13pc in Sligo General Hospital.
Asked to comment on Irish rates, Coombe Hospital obstetrician Professor Michael Turner said they were almost identical to rates in the UK and the EU – and that they were average for the OECD countries, while being below US rates.
Prof Turner added: "Variations in CS rates between hospitals is well described in research from the US, Canada, UK and ourselves.
"Ireland is not out of line internationally and rates are escalating in all developed countries."