220 Natural Childbirth Centers

220 Natural Childbirth Centers220 Natural Childbirth Centers

The number of medical centers offering innovative methods to encourage natural childbirth has increased to 220.

“Given that cesarean section has seen a sharp increase, one of the eight-pronged goals of the Health Reform Plan is to reduce c-section,” said technical treatment deputy at the Health Ministry Dr. Ali Maher.

He said the ministry also seeks to include private hospitals in the program to encourage natural childbirth as the c-section rate has not come down in private hospitals, ILNA reports.

“The program seeks to reduce c-sections to the global benchmark by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2016),” he said.